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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.
Richard Lemon Lander was an explorer famous for using which method of transport?
The spaceship
The car
The aeroplane
The canoe
Richard and his brother John were the first Europeans to canoe down the lower Niger River to its delta
2.
Sir Francis Drake was a famous sea-faring explorer. His most famous ship was called:
The Silver Slipper
The Diamond Warrior
The Bronze Battleship
The Golden Hind
Sir Francis was very popular with the English, but loathed by the Spanish - they called him 'The Dragon'!
3.
Arthur Philips founded the very first permanent European settlement in which country?
Australia
America
France
Canada
Many of the passengers on board the first fleet of ships were convicts who were banished from the UK
4.
William Dampier was the first Briton in history to sail around the world three times. However, he was also...
a king
a lamp lighter
a roadsweeper
a pirate
William made many maps of parts of the world which had never been explored before
5.
John Rae explored the Canadian Arctic on foot. How many miles was he said to have walked in his lifetime?
2,300
23,000
230
23
This distance is almost once around the circumference of the Earth!
6.
Dr David Livingstone was a famous missionary and explorer who explored which continent?
Europe
Asia
Africa
Antarctica
Dr Livingstone worked very hard to find the source of the River Nile
7.
What is Sir Walter Raleigh most noted for?
Bringing tobacco and potatoes back from America
Inventing the bicycle
Marrying a queen
Writing poetry
Although he is most noted for his expeditions to America and returning with his discoveries, Raleigh did also write poetry!
8.
Mary Kingsley was a famous female explorer from the 1800s. Why was she considered daring?
She sometimes slept in late
She didn't always wear her hat
In those days, women did not travel alone
She liked to go out without shoes on
Mary discovered a tribe of cannibals called the Fang Tribe!
9.
Captain James Cook was a famous sea-faring explorer. What is he known for?
Being the first recorded European to map some of Australia's coastline
Sailing around the world on his own
Rowing a boat all the way around New Zealand
Finding buried treasure
Although he didn't row a boat, he was the first person to sail all the way around New Zealand
10.
Robert Falcon Scott died during one of his two expeditions to reach the South Pole. An expedition from which country beat him to it?
Finland
Denmark
Norway
Sweden
One of the team members, Lawrence Oates, famously gave up his life so that the others might have a chance of survival
Author:  Angela Smith

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