Zebulon Pike

Zebulon Pike, an American Army officer and explorer, was born Jan. 5, 1779. In 1805, Pike was sent on an expedition to discover the headwaters of the Mississippi, and although he made it well into Minnesota, he was unable to locate the source of the river. Upon his return, he was immediately sent out, in 1806, to explore the Arkansas and Red Rivers. This Pike expedition has often been called the “other” Lewis and Clark expedition, but in fact it was utterly different…

Vitus Bering

Vitus Bering, a Danish explorer, died Dec. 19, 1741, on a tiny island in the Aleutian sea, just east of the Kamchatka peninsula. Bering was on the second of two polar expeditions that were commissioned by the Russian Empire after the death of Peter the Great. On the first expedition, 1728-30, with a mission to explore the land and sea north of Kamchatka, Bering had discovered both the Strait and the Sea that now bear his name…

Johann Natterer

Johann Natterer, an Austrian naturalist and explorer, was born Nov. 9, 1787. In 1817, Natterer was selected to join a Viennese expedition to Brazil. The occasion was the marriage between the Austrian archduchess Maria Leopoldina and Dom Pedro, son of the King of Portugal, then residing in Rio de Janiero. Since the marriage took place in Vienna and Dom Pedro was not present, a contingent was chosen to accompany Maria to meet her husband in Brazil…

Journey Into an Active Volcano

Journey Into an Active Volcano

On the brink of a new age of discovery, Sam Cossman is redefining the art of exploration by leveraging technology and innovation as a force for good.

Paul Du Chaillu

Paul Belloni Du Chaillu, a French/American explorer and adventurer, was born July 31, 1831 (or possibly 1835 or 1839). Du Chaillu spent nearly 4 years in what was known as the Gabon on the west coast of central Africa, from 1856-1859, where he claimed to have encountered live gorillas, and even to have shot and killed one…