Archetype: Explorer

Category: Archetype

An explorer is an adventurer who travels from a more “civilized” culture to an area that is either uninhabited or less “civilized.” Whether or not the actual levels of civilization concurs with the explorer’s perceptions. They tend to be unceasingly curious about unknown lands and are often obsessive and/or foolishly optimistic.

An explorer may be a cartographer, a linguist, an zoologist, a botanist, a sea captain or pilot.

Brendan the Navigator

Leif Erikson

Christopher Columbus

Ferdinand Magellan

Amerigo Vespucci

Captain Cook

Meriwether Lewis

William Clark


Doctor Livingstone

Indiana Jones


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