The most difficult Age of Discovery riddles A list of Age of Discovery related questions that are most often answered incorrectly History quiz Who was the first European navigator to reach Australia?Willem Janszoon. Janszoon reached the Gulf of Carpentaira (north of Australia) and made a landfall in 1606. However, he found the land swampy and the people inhospitable. He called the land he had discovered “Nieu Zeland” after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand.very hard 22% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake30%John CabotJohn Cabot14%Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon22%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman33%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 2775 answers in 4 languages »sailing riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach Brazil?Pedro Álvares Cabral. On 15 February 1500, Cabral was appointed a commander of a fleet sailing for India. he fleet crossed the Equator on 9 April, and sailed westward as far as possible from the African continent in what was known as the volta do mar (literally "turn of the sea") navigational technique. They landed in a land they took for an unknown island and named Ilha de Vera Cruz (Island of the True Cross), which in fact was Brazil.very hard 32% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus12%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias26%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral32%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4285 answers in 2 languages »history of South America riddles » Which navigator carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition?Francis Drake. In 1577, half a century after Magellan's expedition, Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth with five ships and 164 men. During his expedition, he captured several Portuguese and Spanish Ships (including treasury ship with 36 kg of gold) and sacked Valparaiso. After his return, the Queen's half-share of the cargo surpassed the rest of the crown's income for that entire year.hard 41% Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama28%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral19%John CabotJohn Cabot10%Francis DrakeFrancis Drake41%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4057 answers in 2 languages »sailors riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach South Africa?Bartolomeu Dias. During his expedition in 1487-1488, Bartolomeu Dias reached the tip of South Africa. Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. After returning to Lisbon, Dias helped in the construction of the ships that were used by Vasco da Gama to eventually reach India ten years later.hard 46% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus8%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias46%Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan20%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama25%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7874 answers in 2 languages »history of Africa riddles » Which large river flows through Rio de Janeiro? ("rio" is Portuguese for "river")None. Portuguese were the Europeans who encountered Guanabara Bay on January 1,1502. They took it for a large river, which they named "Rio de Janeiro" ("January River"). Later it was discovered, that the presumed river was in fact a gulf, but the name remained.hard 48% JaneiroJaneiro29%La PlataLa Plata16%CorcovadoCorcovado5%NoneNone48%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 11188 answers in 4 languages »geography of Brazil riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach India?Vasco da Gama. The sum of the distances covered in the outward and return voyages made this expedition the longest ocean voyage ever made until then, longer than the circumference of the Earth. hard 59% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus8%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias14%Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan18%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama59%Created by: Kantapat Rassamee. Statistics based on 7975 answers in 2 languages »history of India riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.