European Explorers
Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the New World culminated in October 1492, sparking a great wave of exploration and discovery. Beginning with Marco Polo's travels in the latter 13th century, Europeans embarked on a period of several hundred years of exploring that took them to almost all places on the globe. Click on the article titles below for a sampling of Britannica's extensive coverage of Columbus and other explorers.
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