Christopher Columbus (Wikipedia)
During the 15th Century Christopher Columbus is famous for completing four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, which led to the discovery and colonisation of the New World. However, during the return of his first voyage a fierce storm in the Atlantic caused him to become extremely unwell, which is now thought to have been caused by gout. If he were insured he could have claimed emergency medical benefits that are necessarily incurred during a trip due to unforeseen bodily injury, illness, disease and/or compulsory quarantine.
Captain James Cook (Wikipedia)
This famous 18th Century explorer is well known for voyaging across the Pacific Ocean and making contact with the indigenous people of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. Just as famous are his achievements is unfortunately the nature of his death, when he was hit over the head by a Hawaiian after attempting to kidnap the King of King of Hawaiʻi, Kalaniʻōpuʻu. Sadly he didn’t have any death benefits – he should have had travel insurance.
Sir Francis Drake (Wikipedia)
English sea captain and Elizabethan politician, Sir Francis Drake, managed to circumnavigate the world in a single expedition during the 16th Century. Before reaching Peru, Drake visited the Mocha Islands where the hostile locals injured him. As with Christopher Columbus, his emergency medical benefits could have served useful here. Although we shouldn’t forget that whilst Drake was a hero to the English, Spaniards viewed him as a pirate. We’re not entirely sure his legendry, but war-bound exploits, would have been covered by insurance.