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Vasco da Gama
Public DomainVasco da Gama
  Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) was a Portuguese Count who opened up the trade routes to India, via the Cape and East Africa.  He was ruthless in furthering Portuguese interests, attacking Arab trading ships and on one occasion locking hundreds of Muslim merchants in the hold of their ship before setting it on fire.


Vasco Nunez de Balboa
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 Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475-1519) was a Spanish Conquistador and the first European to reach the Pacific from the American side, after leading an expedition across the isthmus of Panama.




Ferdinand Magellan
Public DomainFerdinand Magellan
  Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach the Philippines.   He discovered the Strait of Magellan in Chile, and was the first person to lead an attempt to circumnavigate the world.  



Francis Drake
Public DomainFrancis Drake
 Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) was an English privateer who circumnavigated the world, and later played a crucial role in the defeat of the Armada.  Although widely seen as an English hero, he was also a slave-trader and was implicated in a notorious massacre of 600 civilians on Rathlin Island in Ireland.