Many influential figures contributed during the Age of Exploration. No one can be singled out as the most influential figure. Here is a short list of some important influential figures at the time.
Christopher Columbus: he explored the Caribbean and the coast of Central and South America. Hernan Cortez: a Spanish conquistador who defeated the Aztecs and also conquered Mexico Vasco de Gama: he was the first to reach India by sailing around Africa. Bartholomew Dias: he was the first to go round the Cape of Good Hope below AfricaFerdinand Magellan: he led the Spanish expedition of 1519 to 1522 that was the first to sail around the world. Other important figures are: Henry Hudson, Amerigo Vespuci, Fracisco Pizzaro, Pedro Alcvares Cabral, Prince Henry the Navigator and many others.