Navigators and Explorers

Christopher Columbus
– information on his early life, voyages, discoveries, impact on Native Americans. Includes images and game. From BBC

Dirk Hartog
– a range of historical sources including video about Dirk Hartog. From National Library of Australia

Bartolomeu Dias
– first European explorer to sail around the tip of Africa. From The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Matthew Flinders
– first European to circumnavigate (sail around) Australia, also gave the country its name. From The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Trailblazers exhibition: Australia’s 50 greatest explorers
Includes Matthew Flinders, Woollarawarre Bennelong, Abel Janszoon Tasman, William Bligh, and James Cook. From Australian Museum

World Explorers
– includes entries on Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Marco Polo and others. From Ducksters

Navigators and Explorers

James Cook: Finding your way
– how did explorers navigate their way around the world over 200 years ago. From ABC Splash

James Cook: getting to know the locals
–  diary entry for 10 July 1770, Cook describes a meeting with several local Guugu Yimithirr men. From ABC Splash

The Adventures of Captain Cook
– everything you need to know about Captain James Cook. From National Geographic Kids

Age of Discovery
– includes explorers such as Abel Janszoon Tasman, Bartolomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama. Includes interactive maps. From The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Modern Exploration
– includes explorers such as James Cook and Matthew Flinders. From The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Kid Cyber
– search for your explorer in the search box or look under ‘Australia’. Includes entries on James Cook, George Bass and Matthew Flinders. From KidCyber

Early Explorers of Australia

Animation showing the routes of Willem Jansz, Luis Vaez de Torres, Pedro Fernandez Quiros, Dirk Hartog, William Dampier, Captain James Cook, Abel Tasman and Matthew Flinders. From Learningvids4kids

Who was Vasco Da Gama?

Animation about Vasco da Gama and the age of discovery. From History for Kids

Ferdinand Magellan

Animation showing routes taken by Magellan. Created by by Juan Sebastián Elcano and Epic History TV