10 most difficult explorers riddles A list of explorers 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 Tasman32%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 2438 answers in 4 languages »Age of Discovery 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 31% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus12%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias25%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral31%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci29%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 3657 answers in 2 languages »history of South America riddles » Who was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage? (sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans)Roald Amundsen. In a three year journey between 1903 and 1906, Amundsen explored the passage with a crew of no more than six, in the converted 47-ton herring boat Gjøa. Spending winters with ship trapped in ice, he learned from the local Netsilik people about Arctic survival skills that would later prove useful. For example, he learned to use sled dogs and to wear animal skins in lieu of heavy, woolen parkas. Amundsen later led the expeditions to discover the South Pole (1911) and the North Pole (1926).very hard 34% James CookJames Cook23%Vitus BeringVitus Bering27%Roald AmundsenRoald Amundsen34%No one yetNo one yet14%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7630 answers in 4 languages »geography of Canada riddles » How many cities did Alexander the Great found that were named after him?20. Alexander the Great founded or repopulated about 20 cities throughout Eurasia and named them all after him, the most famous being Alexandria, Egypt.very hard 37% 5518%101022%151521%202037%Created by: Roy Zhu. Statistics based on 3171 answers in 2 languages »kings 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 40% Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama29%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral18%John CabotJohn Cabot10%Francis DrakeFrancis Drake40%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 3350 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 45% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus8%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias45%Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan20%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama26%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 6798 answers in 2 languages »history of Africa riddles » In which Nordic country was this photo taken?Norway. The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo houses vessels and maps from the 1964 Kon-Tiki expedition, during which Norwegian etnographer Thor Heyerdahl sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands.hard 46% DenmarkDenmark15%SwedenSweden9%NorwayNorway46%IcelandIceland28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 3166 answers in 2 languages »museums riddles » What nationality was Christopher Columbus?Italian. Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo, his father's name was Domenico, and his brothers were named Bartolomeo, Giovanni Pellegrino and Giacomo.hard 47% ItalianItalian47%SpanishSpanish19%PortuguesePortuguese29%FrenchFrench2%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 12021 answers in 2 languages »discoverers riddles » Which famous explorer resorted to piracy during his expeditions?Vasco da Gama. During his trip to India da Gama met hostility in the Arab-controlled teritorries of East Africa. Eventually the expedition resorted to piracy, looting unarmed Arab merchant ships. During the second expedition, Gama's fleet set about capturing any Arab vessel he came across in Indian waters, most notoriously the Miri, a pilgrim ship from Mecca, whose passengers (including women and children) he had locked and buried to death - despite their offers to pay ransom and begs for mercy.hard 47% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus3%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama47%Vitus BeringVitus Bering19%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman29%Created by: Luca Biaggi. Statistics based on 6745 answers in 4 languages »history riddles » After whom is Queen Maud Land in Antarctica named?Norwegian queen. Queen Maud Land was the first part of Antarctica to be sighted. The name was initially applied in January 1930 to the land discovered by Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen and Finn Lützow-Holm during Norvegia expedition of 1929–30. It was named after the Norwegian Queen Maud of Wales, wife of the then-reigning King Haakon VII.hard 52% Dutch queenDutch queen26%Norwegian queenNorwegian queen52%Russian queenRussian queen3%Mythical queen of the AmazonsMythical queen of the Amazons18%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 13675 answers in 2 languages »geographical names riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.