British Explorers
William Dampier was the first Briton in history to sail around the world three times. He was also a pirate!

British Explorers

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with historical figures and understanding the lives and achievements of significant people in history.

Studying the lives and achievements of historical figures is a key part of the KS1 History curriculum. Children must understand how the journeys and discoveries of explorers of the past have shaped and influenced our lives and our country today.

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  1. William Dampier was the first Briton in history to sail around the world three times. However, he was also...
    William made many maps of parts of the world which had never been explored before
  2. John Rae explored the Canadian Arctic on foot. How many miles was he said to have walked in his lifetime?
    This distance is almost once around the circumference of the Earth!
  3. Captain James Cook was a famous sea-faring explorer. What is he known for?
    Although he didn't row a boat, he was the first person to sail all the way around New Zealand
  4. Sir Francis Drake was a famous sea-faring explorer. His most famous ship was called:
    Sir Francis was very popular with the English, but loathed by the Spanish - they called him 'The Dragon'!
  5. Dr David Livingstone was a famous missionary and explorer who explored which continent?
    Dr Livingstone worked very hard to find the source of the River Nile
  6. Mary Kingsley was a famous female explorer from the 1800s. Why was she considered daring?
    Mary discovered a tribe of cannibals called the Fang Tribe!
  7. Robert Falcon Scott died during one of his two expeditions to reach the South Pole. An expedition from which country beat him to it?
    One of the team members, Lawrence Oates, famously gave up his life so that the others might have a chance of survival
  8. Richard Lemon Lander was an explorer famous for using which method of transport?
    Richard and his brother John were the first Europeans to canoe down the lower Niger River to its delta
  9. Arthur Philips founded the very first permanent European settlement in which country?
    Many of the passengers on board the first fleet of ships were convicts who were banished from the UK
  10. What is Sir Walter Raleigh most noted for?
    Although he is most noted for his expeditions to America and returning with his discoveries, Raleigh did also write poetry!

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