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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza

1852 - 1905

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Pietro Paolo Savorgnan di Brazzà, later known as Pierre Paul François Camille Savorgnan de Brazza; 26 January 1852 – 14 September 1905), was an Italian-born, naturalized French explorer. With his family's financial help, he explored the Ogooué region of Central Africa, and later with the backing of the Société de Géographie de Paris, he reached far into the interior along the right bank of the Congo. He has often been depicted as a man of friendly manner, great charm and peaceful approach towards the Africans he met and worked with on his journeys, but recent research has revealed that he in fact alternated this kind of approach with more calculated deceit and at times relentless armed violence towards local populations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza has received more than 247,330 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza is the 93rd most popular explorer (down from 74th in 2019), the 1,144th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,012th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Explorer.

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza was a French explorer who was most famous for exploring the Congo River in Africa.

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Among explorers, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ranks 93 out of 405Before him are Juan Díaz de Solís, Sebastian Cabot, Adam Johann von Krusenstern, Jean de Béthencourt, Diogo Dias, and Heinrich Barth. After him are Robert FitzRoy, Gonzalo Pizarro, Fernão Mendes Pinto, Willem Schouten, Mary Kingsley, and Cosmas Indicopleustes.

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Among people born in 1852, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ranks 21Before him are Alice Liddell, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, Ferdinand von Lindemann, Calamity Jane, and Julius Richard Petri. After him are Tewfik Pasha, Constantin Fehrenbach, H. H. Asquith, Paul Bourget, Christian Krohg, and Terauchi Masatake. Among people deceased in 1905, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ranks 14Before him are Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, Adolph Menzel, Louise Michel, Carl Wernicke, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, and Élisée Reclus. After him are Walther Flemming, Albert Edelfelt, Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Alois Riegl, Constantin Meunier, and Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ranks 1,144 out of 4,668Before him are Giuseppe Castiglione (1688), Alessandro Stradella (1643), Eugenia of Rome (180), Oscar Luigi Scalfaro (1918), Antonio Negri (1933), and Valentino Rossi (1979). After him are Frederick of Naples (1451), Gerard of Csanád (980), Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (1533), Lucilla (150), Gaius Valerius Flaccus (45), and Giuseppe Bertello (1942).

Among EXPLORERS In Italy

Among explorers born in Italy, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ranks 9Before him are Amerigo Vespucci (1454), John Cabot (1450), Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485), Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Antonio Pigafetta (1492), and Sebastian Cabot (1484). After him are Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), Lancelotto Malocello (1270), Peter Martyr d'Anghiera (1457), Cristoforo Buondelmonti (1385), and Alejandro Malaspina (1754).