Ben's Explorers WebQuest

We've been looking at some explorers from around the world. Here is "WebQuest" that Ben and I put together. All the questions and the information are Ben's. (A "WebQuest" is a task where you have to look at some sites on the Internet to find some information. This is a simple one.)

Task: You are a teacher who has a class doing some work on explorers. Your class has some interesting questions about some explorers. Can you answer the questions by finding the answers on the websites?


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Jacques Cousteau


Inventing the aqualung and his popular TV series about diving around the world

Which year did Cousteau’s ship “Calypso” sink in Singapore harbour?

Cheng ho (or Zheng he) (1371-1424 or 1429)

Visiting many countries (over 35) in the north west of the Indian Ocean in his huge “Grand Fleet”.

How many men did he have in his grand fleet?

Alexander the Great (336-323 BC)

Conquering a huge ancient empire.

Which country of Alexander’s empire was furthest east?

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)

Being the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean. (Although James says the Vikings actually did it first!).


Did Christopher Columbus go anywhere near Puerto Rico on his first voyage?

Neil Armstrong (1930- )

Being the first person on the moon.

What did Neil Armstrong say when he stepped on the moon?(You can also find it by listening to his actual words. Click here: to listen to four minutes of the radio from the moon, you need Real Player.)

Edmund Hillary (1919 - )

Being the first person up Mount Everest (together with the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay).

Watch the third video clip at

Why had not Hillary seen snow before he went on his school trip? (You will need QuickTime to see this). If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the answer on the same site.

Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521)

Leading the first voyage around the world?

What did Magellan’s crew eat when they were crossing the Pacific?

Vasco da Gamma (1460-1524)

Being the first person to sail to India.

What did Vasco da gamma do when he was told to pay a large tax and leave all his goods in India?



These are some of the resources we used to find things on the web:

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