History Stories
CATEGORY: Explorers
The Untold Story of How an Escaped Slave Helped Sir Francis Drake Circumnavigate the Globe
November 2, 2017

After coordinating Drake's hugely profitable raid on Spanish loot in Panama, Diego became the explorer's interpreter and right-hand man. Read More

Century-Old Fruit Cake Found in Antarctica is ‘Almost Edible’
August 11, 2017

It was likely left by explorers racing to reach the South Pole. Read More

Why Arab Scholar Ibn Battuta is the Greatest Explorer of all Time
July 20, 2017

In the 14th century, the Moroccan wanderer Ibn Battuta spent nearly 30 years traveling some 75,000 miles across Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Read More

Scientists Just Found a Doomed Antarctic Explorer’s Lost Painting
June 14, 2017

More than a century after Dr. Edward Wilson perished on a famous British expedition to the South Pole, a watercolor he painted turned up in a hut in Antarctica. Read More

Stranded in the New World: The Amazing Odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca
April 28, 2017

In 1528, a Spanish nobleman named Cabeza de Vaca was left stranded in what is now the southern United States following a disastrous exploring expedition. Read More

The Treacherous Race to the South Pole
January 17, 2017

In the early 1910s, explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott engaged in a frantic, and ultimately tragic, race to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Read More

When Stanley Met Livingstone
November 10, 2016

In November 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley located the missing missionary David Livingstone in the wilds of Africa. Yet the famous meeting was only the beginning of Stanley’s tumultuous career as an explorer. Read More

Relatives Bid to Finish Ill-Fated Shackleton Expedition
November 20, 2015

A century after Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition, descendants of one crewmember hope to complete the family’s “unfinished business” and trek to the South Pole. Read More

Remembering the Triumph and Tragedy Atop the Matterhorn
July 14, 2015

Englishman Edward Whymper and six others made the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn—but only three made it down alive. Read More

The Enduring Mystery Behind Percy Fawcett’s Disappearance
May 29, 2015

Percy Fawcett was an inspiration for both Indiana Jones and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” but his 1925 disappearance in the Amazon remains a mystery to this day. Read More