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  • René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle | PBS World Explorers

    An ambitious explorer, René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle pioneered French exploration in to the new world. Through his efforts, La Salle transformed the few colonies of New France in the Northern portion of the continent in to a more widespread colonial power. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Junípero Serra | PBS World Explorers

    Learn more about the Spanish missionary who helped establish some of the first colonies on the west coast of the United States. Later canonized as a saint for his missionary work, Serra's efforts are now questioned for being more harmful than helpful to the indigenous populations. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark | PBS World Explorers

    After making the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson assembled an expedition to explore the new vast territory, led by intrepid explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Over a period of two years, Lewis and Clark successfully crossed the entire western half of the United States, mapping out the region while exploring its resources. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Gertrude Bell | PBS World Explorers

    At the turn of the 20th century, young British adventurer Gertrude Bell left England to travel thousands of miles across Persia, Turkey, and Arabia. Her familiarity with the Arab world allowed her to eventually play a key role in establishing the borders of Iraq after World War I.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Henson and Peary | PBS World Explorers

    While the geographic location of the North Pole was understood in theory, the hostile environment was not explored until 1909 when Matthew Henson and Robert Peary became the first people to reach the top of the world. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Alan Shepard | PBS World Explorers

    Alan Shepard was the first American in space and the fifth person on the lunar surface. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Louis Jolliet & Jacques Marquette | PBS World Explorers

    In the mid-1600s two explorers dared to explore North America's mightiest river, the Mississippi. Over two months, Jolliet and Marquette explored over 800 miles of the river to open the center of the North American continent to European influence.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Neil Armstrong | PBS World Explorers

    Neil Armstrong was the leader of mankind's first mission to the moon, and the first to set foot on its surface. His words, "That's one small step for man... One giant leap for mankind," are now world famous. 

     

    Grades: 4-8