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Richard Chancellor

(d. 1556) explorer

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Arctic exploration

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

Exploration of the ice‐covered ocean around the North Pole. The search for a north‐west and a north‐east passage from Europe to the Orient gave impetus to Arctic explorations from the 16th...

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exploration

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The investigation of undiscovered territories. The urge to travel is as old as humanity, with the first humans probably spreading out from Africa, and possibly Asia, across the globe. The...

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Ivan IV

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

(1530–84)

Grand Prince of Muscovy (1533–84), the first ruler to assume the title of Tsar (Emperor) of Russia (1547). He had a violent and unpredictable nature, but his nickname...

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Muscovy Company

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

An English trading company incorporated in 1555 in the wake of Richard Chancellor's journey to Russia in 1553. As Muscovy did not have access to the Baltic, the company's ships ...

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Northeast Passage

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

A passage for ships eastwards along the northern coast of Europe and Asia, from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Arctic Ocean, sought for many years as a possible trade route to the...

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Sir Hugh Willoughby

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(d.1554),

English explorer. Despite lacking navigational experience, Willoughby led the expedition of 1553, funded by London merchants, to find the North-East Passage to India....

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Stephen Boroughs

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1585–84),

Navigator who accompanied Sir Richard Chancellor and Sir Hugh Willoughby in search of a north-east passage in 1553; he became the first Englishman to reach the White...

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