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    Amerigo Vespucci   Amerigo Vespucci
America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, who was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies. Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian merchant and cartographer who voyaged to and wrote about the Americas. His exploratory journeys...
 
    Vicente Pinzón, Captain of the Niña   Vicente Pinzón, Captain of the Niña
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón was a Spanish navigator, explorer, and conquistador, the youngest of the Pinzón brothers. Along with his older brother Martín Alonso Pinzón who captained the Pinta, he sailed with Christopher Columbus on the first voyage to the N...
 
    Pedro Álvares Cabral, Discovery Brazil   Pedro Álvares Cabral, Discovery Brazil
Pedro Álvares Cabral was a Portuguese noble, military commander, navigator and explorer regarded as the discoverer of Brazil. Cabral conducted the first substantial exploration of the northeast coast of South America and claimed it for Portugal. Whil...
 
    Orellana, 1st Navigation Amazon River   Orellana, 1st Navigation Amazon River
Francisco de Orellana was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He completed the first known navigation of the length of the Amazon River, which was originally named for him. He also founded the city of Guayaquil in modern-day Ecuador. The story of...
 
    John Maurice of Nassau   John Maurice of Nassau
John Maurice of Nassau was a Dutch general and colonial administrator, a prince of the house of Nassau-Siegen; grandnephew of William the Silent. The Dutch West India Company appointed him (1636) governor-general of its newly acquired possessions in...
 
    Henry Walter Bates, Naturalist   Henry Walter Bates, Naturalist
Henry Walter Bates was an English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals. He was most famous for his expedition to the rainforests of the Amazon with Alfred Russel Wallace, starting in 1848. Wallace return...
 
    Wickham, Stealing Rubber Seeds   Wickham, Stealing Rubber Seeds
Sir Henry Alexander Wickham was a British explorer. He later claimed in publicity that he was responsible for stealing about 70,000 seeds from the rubber-bearing tree, Hevea brasiliensis, in the Santarém area of Brazil in 1876. However there was, in...
 
    Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian Architect   Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian Architect
Oscar Niemeyer, known as Master Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city which becam...
 
    Carlos Castaneda, Don Juan Teachings   Carlos Castaneda, Don Juan Teachings
Carlos Castaneda was an author of a series of books that claimed to describe his training in traditional Native American shamanism, which he referred to as a form of "sorcery". Castaneda claimed to have met a Yaqui shaman named Don Juan Matus in 1960...
 
    Chico Mendes, Activist Amazon Rainforest   Chico Mendes, Activist Amazon Rainforest
Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes, was a Brazilian rubber tapper, trade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous p...
 
       
         



 
 
         
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