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 21% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake31%John CabotJohn Cabot16%Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon21%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman31%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4122 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 32% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus12%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias25%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral32%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci29%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7256 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 33% James CookJames Cook24%Vitus BeringVitus Bering28%Roald AmundsenRoald Amundsen33%No one yetNo one yet14%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 9750 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 35% 5517%101023%151523%202035%Created by: Roy Zhu. Statistics based on 6556 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.very hard 39% Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama28%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral20%John CabotJohn Cabot12%Francis DrakeFrancis Drake39%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7393 answers in 2 languages »sailors 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%SwedenSweden10%NorwayNorway46%IcelandIceland27%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4006 answers in 2 languages »museums 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 Magellan19%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama25%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 12189 answers in 2 languages »history of Africa 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%SpanishSpanish20%PortuguesePortuguese29%FrenchFrench2%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 18809 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 48% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus3%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama48%Vitus BeringVitus Bering20%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman28%Created by: Luca Biaggi. Statistics based on 13696 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 queen24%Norwegian queenNorwegian queen52%Russian queenRussian queen3%Mythical queen of the AmazonsMythical queen of the Amazons18%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 19661 answers in 2 languages »geographical names riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.