They Went Around the World. Who Are They?

Name these people who famously went around the world.
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Last updated: February 1, 2024
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I am a Venetian explorer. From 1271 to 1295 I traveled from Italy to China, and served the Yuan dynasty for several years. My stories were recorded when I retold them while I was held in a Genoese prison. Who am I?
Marco Polo
I am the most well-traveled man of the pre-modern world. I visited the cities of the North African coast, traveled extensively throughout Arabia and the Levant, and crossed the Sahara. I went as far east as China and as far south as modern-day Tanzania. Who am I?
Ibn Battuta
I am a Chinese explorer who traveled to Southeast Asia and Arabia in the early 15th century. While the explorers of Europe and Arabia traveled with only a handful of ships and a limited crew, I assembled a fleet of as many as 317 ships and 28,000 crew. Who am I?
Zheng He
My voyage to the Caribbean in 1492 kicked off the Age of Discovery, significantly and permanently changing the world. Who am I?
Christopher Columbus
I departed from Spain in 1519, discovered a strait in southern Patagonia in 1520, was killed in action in the Philippines in 1521, and the sole surviving ship of my expedition completed the circumnavigation of the world without me in 1522. Who am I?
Ferdinand Magellan
Departing in 1577, I raided Spanish settlements all along the South American coast, claimed some land in California for England, and headed west to complete my circumnavigation in 1580. My actions marked the first significant challenge to Luso-Hispanic dominance in the New World. Who am I?
Francis Drake
I went around the world from 1768 to 1771, and again from 1772 to 1775. I am most famous for my voyages to Australia, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands. Who am I?
James Cook
After I served as a general in the American Civil War, I became the President of the United States, and after that, I went on a world tour from 1877 to 1879. Who am I?
Ulysses S. Grant
I am an American aviator who completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the world on a Douglas World Cruiser in 1924. Who am I?
Lowell H. Smith
I tried to go around the world by plane in 1937 but disappeared over the Pacific Ocean after my navigator and I couldn't find Howland Island. Who am I?
Amelia Earhart
In 1961, I went around the world in a small capsule in less than two hours, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race. Who am I?
Yuri Gagarin
In 1962, I went around the world three times, in a similar manner to the above. I later became a United States Senator. Who am I?
John Glenn
I am a fictional character who went around the world in eighty days. Who am I?
Phileas Fogg
In 1997, we went around the world, a-round the wor-ld 144 times in 7 minutes. Who are we?
Daft Punk
Level 85
Jun 16, 2023
Level 83
Jan 20, 2024
I really love the descriptions on this quiz, very fun! Nominated.
Level 71
Jan 20, 2024
Hah, the Daft Punk one got me :)
Level 74
Jan 20, 2024
Zheng should be a type-in, in Chinese the last name comes first. Currently you have his first name as the accepted type-in
Level 54
Feb 2, 2024