After coordinating Drake's hugely profitable raid on Spanish loot in Panama, 'Diego' became the explorer's right-hand man.
It was likely left by explorers racing to reach the South Pole.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Englishman Edward Whymper and six others made the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn—but only three made it down alive.
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.