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People who were driven to go where no man (or woman) had gone before.

  • Ann Bancroft (born 1955)

    American arctic and antarctic explorer.

    • First woman to travel ov North Pole; first woman to ski across Greenland
  • Sacajawea (died 1812)

    Shoshone guide and interpreter.

    • The only female member of the Lewis & Clark expedition
  • Alexandrine-Pieternella-Françoise Tinné (born 1835, died 1869)

    Dutch explorer.

    • Led two expeditions to map the White Nile; murdered by Tuareg tribesmen
  • Alexandra David-Neel (born 1868, died 1969)

    French explorer, writer, singer and Buddhist scholar.

    • Wrote My Journey to Lhasa
  • Mary Henrietta Kingsley (born 1862, died 1900)

    English explorer and writer.

    • The first European to visit parts of Gabon
  • Nellie Bly (born 1867, died 1922)

    American journalist and adventurer. Original name: Elizabeth Cochrane.

    • In 1889-90, beat the fictional record set by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne''s Around the World in Eighty Days, circumnavigating the globe in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds
  • Louise Arner (born 1887, died 1972)

    American explorer who led many expeditions to Greenland and other areas of the Arctic.

    • First woman to fly over the North Pole
  • Ida Pfeiffer (died 1858)

    Austrian traveler. Probably the first woman to circumnavigate the globe alone.

    • Told of her adventures in A Lady''s Voyage Round the World and A Lady''s Second Journey Around the World

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