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15th and 16th century Explorers and Navigators Quiz

How much do you know about 15th and 16th-century explorers and navigators? Test your knowledge with this fun quiz.

15th and 16th century Explorers and Navigators

Q1) "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" under the patronage of the "Catholic Reyes", Isabella and Ferdinand, but what nationality was Columbus?

Spanish

Portuguese

English

Italian

Q2) Was Columbus the first European explorer to reach North America?

Yes

No

Q3) Under whose patronage was Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) when he landed at what he called "the "new found land" and what is thought to be Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland?

Henry VII

Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon

Maximilian I

Francis I

Q4) Who was the first English navigator to reach Japan and was the the model for the character of John Blackthorne the best-selling novel Shōgun?

John Hawkins

William Adams

Martin Frobisher

John White

Q5) Which English explorer undertook three voyages to find the Northwest passage, under the patronage of Elizabeth I, in 1576, 1577 and 1578?

Francis Drake

Walter Ralegh

Martin Frobisher

Richard Grenville

Q6) Which English sailor and navigator died at the 1591 Battle of Flores while serving as captain of the "Revenge"?

Francis Drake

Humphrey Gilbert

John Hawkins

Richard Grenville

Q7) Which English navigator discovered Novaya Zemlya and the Viagatz Strait?

John Hawkins

Francis Drake

Stephen Borough

Walter Ralegh

Q8) Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Globe and his ship was renamed The Golden Hinde when he got back to England, what was its original name?

The Swallow

The Edward Bonaventure

The Pelican

The Serchthrift

Q9) As well as being a naval commander and navigator, John Hawkins is known for .........

Being England's first slave-trader

Bringing tobacco to England

Introducing the potato in to England

Bringing the largest hoard of gold back to England

Q10) Which English navigator set off to find El Dorado, or the City of Gold, in 1594 and published an account of his voyage called "The Discovery of Guiana".

Francis Drake

Humphrey Gilbert

Walter Ralegh

Henry Hudson

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15th and 16th century Explorers and Navigators Quiz