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Can we change the language from 'discovered' to 'first European to discover' or better still, 'first to document'? This isn't the 1930s, that language seems from a bygone era. --Harburg (talk) 03:11, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
It looks like this was addressed at some point. ~KvnG 13:47, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Some random thoughts about improvement of the article.
It needs to begin with some introduction to the concept of exploration (as the lead currently does). We need to distinguish exploration from trade or use of territory. Not all travel is exploration - if it were, the article would become hopelessly bloated. I'm not sure how we should distinguish exploration from settlement.
I like the idea of the major sections being "definition / etymology"; "history (or notable periods) of exploration" and "methods of exploration". I'm not sure that we need "terrain and places" as well as sections that describe the history and the methods. However, what the article really needs and has almost nothing on, is material about exploration of the oceans, and of space. I admit I'm not sure how those things fit with the history / methods categorisation.
Do we need a separate section on notable explorers, or in a top-level article such as this, confine mention of them to the context in which they appear in the "history" section? I favour the latter.
I read through past and current discussion on this page and created a to do list for improvement of this article. If anything in the list is controversial, please move it to this section and discuss. ~KvnG 14:27, 21 April 2014 (UTC)