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Da Gama, Vasco

(1469?-1524) Portuguese explorer who, in 1498, established an all water route to India

Da Vinci, Leonardo

(1452-1519) An Italian painter, sculptor, engineer, and inventor. Famous works include paintings Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Also left a variety of sketches showing flying machines and underwater boats centuries before the invention of planes and submarines.

Daimler, Gottlieb

(1834-1900) German inventor. He is best know for his work in the development of the gasoline internal combustion engine.


Land owning feudal lords in Japan.

Dalai Lama

The spiritual leader of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism, and is considered to be the reincarnation of the bodhisattva, or "buddha-to-be."


A structure built to hold water in place.


(1265-1321) Italian poet and Renaissance writer. His greatest work is The Divine Comedy.

Darius I

(558?BCE – 486BCE) King of Persia who expanded his empire to extend from the Mediterranean to the Indus River.

de Cervantes, Miguel

(1547-1616) Spanish Renaissance writer. His greatest work is the comedic tale Don Quixote.

de Klerk, F. W.

(1936 - ) The white South African president who ended Apartheid in the early 1990s.

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