History – Why did people explore?

Last week we discussed and read reasons why people explored a long time ago.

Can you remember any reasons why people explored?

This week we are going to choose one explorer and research them in detail so we will be able to write a biography. When we write a biography on an explorer we will try and use information that explains:

  • Who the person was
  • Where they were from and important information about their early life
  • What they did and why (their occupation)
  • Their achievements (What did they discover? Why are they famous?)
  • Any other important pieces of information about the explorer.

Choose from one of the explorers and below each explorer is some links that will help you find websites to research.

Captain James Cook




Abel Tasman


William Dampier



Dirk Hartog




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