The first practical compass seems to have been made in Venice in 1274. It was a device supporting a magnetized needle over a card showing four or eight points of direction.
Erik the Red was the first European to land on and settle in Greenland.
He was a Muslim explorer who made a series of journeys that spanned nearly three decades. He traveled throughout almost the entire Islamic world, and went as far as India and China.
Ibn Battuta travels took him through much of the Islamic world, Africa, and into many parts of the east, including Central and Southeast Asia, India, and China.
Used to indicate the distance traveled north or south, the kamal was used to guide Arab ships to port. It led to the later development of the cross-staff.
He became the first European to land on and establish a settlement in North America. He is also credited for bringing Christianity to Greenland.
Leif Eriksson managed to reach North America nearly 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus
Marco Polo is known for traveling along the Silk Road to China, where he explored and documented much of Asia not yet explored by Europeans.
Marco Polo traveled along the famed trading route to China called the Silk Road, and went on to explore and document many parts of Asia not well known to Europeans