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Frederick Russell Burnham (1861–1947) by Elliott & Fry, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burnham, Frederick Russell (1861–1947), scout and prospector, was born on 11 May 1861 in Tivoli, Minnesota, the elder son of Edwin Otway Burnham (d. 1873), Congregational minister and missionary, and his wife, Rebecca, née Russell, both of English descent. The family moved to ...

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See Radisson, Pierre-Esprit [called Oninga]

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Dillon, Peter (1788–1847), adventurer in the south seas, was born on 15 June 1788 on Martinique, the son of an Irishman, Peter Dillon, probably a soldier stationed on the island. About 1806 Dillon appears to have sailed for Calcutta and he later traded sandalwood between the ...

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Fraser, Simon (1776–1862), explorer and fur trader, was born on 20 May 1776 at Mapletown, Hoosic township, New York, the youngest of the ten children of Simon Fraser (1725?–1779?) of Culbokie and Guisachan (a cadet branch of the highland Frasers of Lovat), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Hargraves, Edward Hammond (1816–1891), gold prospector in Australia, the third son of John Edward Hargraves, a lieutenant of the Sussex militia, and his wife, Elizabeth Whitcombe, was born at Stoke Cottage, Gosport, Hampshire, on 7 October 1816. His schooling was at Brighton and ...

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Radisson, Pierre-Esprit [called Oninga] (1639/40?–1710), explorer and trader, was probably born in Paris—as documents in New France testify that his sisters were—to Avignonese parents, Pierre-Esprit Radisson (b. c.1590) and Madeleine Hénaut. In affidavits of 1697 and 1698 Radisson...

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Weston, William (d. in or before 1505), merchant and explorer, was the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America, probably in 1499. Little has yet been established about his early life, other than that he is listed as a merchant trading to ...