French 1658 – 1730 ✥ Explored Michigan, founding Detroit ✥ Michigan city, Maine mountain, & a luxury car named after him ✥ Possibly deserves to be ranked with the 'worst scoundrels ever to set foot in New France'
French-Canadian 1680 – 1767 ✥ Founded Mobile, Alabama ✥ Helped to found Biloxi, Mississippi ✥ Founded New Orleans
Danish 1681 – 1741 ✥ Discovered Alaska and the strait between Siberia & Alaska, now named for him ✥ Additionally, a sea, island, glacier, & land-bridge are named after him
French-Canadian 1685 – 1749 ✥ Expanded New France's influence in present-day western Ontario and Manitoba ✥ Allegedly discovered Lake Manitoba ✥ First European to reach North Dakota and the upper Missouri River ✥ With two of his sons, the first Europeans to see the Rocky Mountains
American 1734 – 1820 ✥ Explored Kentucky, first attempt by British to establish a settlement ✥ Opened up the Wilderness Road ✥ Established successful settlements in Kentucky
Scottish-Canadian 1764 – 1820 ✥ First European to cross North America overland to the Pacific Ocean, north of Mexico ✥ Discovered Fraser River, the longest river within British Columbia ✥ Discovered eponymous river which he called Disappointment River, because following it to its mouth led him to the Arctic Ocean, rather than Cook Inlet
English 1757 – 1798 ✥ Eponymous cities in British Columbia and Washington ✥ Explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington & Oregon ✥ Circumnavigated the world
English 1765 – 1822 ✥ With Vancouver, he sailed around the world ✥ They were first Europeans to reach the arm of the Pacific Ocean near Seattle, Vancouver named the sound after him