Since the beginning of time humanity has strived to discover what is unknown, and mysterious. In modern day, a lot of that discovery takes place on other planets, or in the deep dark depth of the oceans on Earth, but years ago large portions of our own planet was left undiscovered and unknown. As a result, countless men – and, importantly, women – have stepped up to fearlessly travel the globe and discover more about the place we all call home.
A lot of the most famous discoveries have taken place in the “New World” – otherwise known as South America, or Latin America. Here at The Latin America Travel Company, learning more about these countries and their history is of deep interest and importance to us, but these discoveries have never just been limited to this one continent. Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, for instance, proved the world is indeed round, while Leif Eriksson is regarded as the first European to reach North America, and Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest.
At one time in history, nothing had been discovered, and everyone was an explorer. While it would be impossible to give all of these discoveries the recognition, they no doubt deserve, it is possible to learn about the events that changed the course of history, and world as it was once known – and the explorers behind them. From Marco Polo to Aloha Wanderwell, our history books are full of brave explorers and their stories of new lands, people, animals and more.
Of course, in modern times there is a whole new way to tell our stories – social media! Travel is one of the most posted topics on Instagram, and the photo sharing site is full of applauded travel influencers who share their stories of jetting around the world. Wanderlust has never been greater, and there is a reason that seeing these travel images of spectacular new places interests us.
But just imagine what it would have been like, if the explorers who discovered these unknown lands and travelled on some of the world’s most epic adventures of all time had been able to share their journeys on Instagram. That’s exactly what we have done in our new illustrative series.