Chinese court eunuch, mariner, and explorer who became China's most reknown maritime explorer.
Portugese prince that funded a large number of voyages that led to the age of exploration.
Created the printing press with movable type.
Ottoman sultan that conquered Constantinople.
Rounded the southern tip of Africa which allowed increased trade with India and other Asian powers.
Spanish explorer that went on the first voyage to the New World in 1492.
Discovered and ocean route from Portugal to the East.
West African monarch who expanded a small kingdom into one of Africa's greatest empires.
Last Aztec emperor in Mexico who was overthrown by Cortes.
Statesman of Florence that pushed for a strong central government.
Polish astronomer who produced a workable model of the solar system with the sun in the center.
Spanish conquistador and explorer that helped establish the first stable settlement on the South American continent.
Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incas and founded the city of Lima.
First person to sail around the world. He died before the voyage finished but had initially led it.
German theologian who led the Protestant Reformation.
Spanish conquistador who defeated the Aztecs and conquered Mexico. Is also featured on Deadliest Warrior, which is also a notable achievement.
Founder of the Safavid Empire.
SPaniard and Roman Catholic theologian who founded the Society of Jesus.
Suleyman the Magnificent is regarded as the perfect Islamic ruler in Islamic hisitory.
Last king of the Inca that was wiped out by Spanish conquistadors.
Swiss theologian who created Calvanism.
Greatest Mughal emperor who extended Mughal power over most of the Indian subcontinent. Adopted policies that benefitted non-Muslim portions of his empire's population.
Founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan.
Italian astronomer and mathematician who was the first to use atelescope to study the stars.
Philosopher and author of Leviathan.
English philosopher who believed that all knowlewdge is from sensory experience.
Chinese emperor who ascended to the throne at the age of 8. He silenced a revolt and signed the treaty of Nerchinsk.
Peter tried to westernize Russia while Catherine increased the power of Russia through diplomacy and expantion.
Monarch of the House of Bourbon, Louis was also known as the Sun King. He reigned for 72 years.
French writer who was the shape of the Enlightenment.
Under his reign marked the most prosperous period of the Qing Dynasty.
Geneven philosopher, writer, and composer.
The Holy Roman Empire was located in Central Europe and had acted against the Protestant Reformation.
One of the largest Islamic empires in history.
Prosporous empire in the Mesoamericas that was wiped out by Spanish conquistadors.
South American empire that was wiped out by diseases and conquistadors. Inspiration for the disney hit "Emperor's New Groove", which, sadly, wasn't a Star Wars sequel.
A parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
The first global empire. Became a trading post empire.
Monarchy empire that competed with other colonial empires for fur.
Created the most powerful sea empire along with an elite navy.
One of the largest empires in world history.