John Davis

(c. 1550—1605) explorer

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(c. 1550–1605).

One of the English navigators who sought the North‐West Passage, Davis obtained backing from Walsingham for three expeditions in 1585–7. Following Frobisher's example, he sailed south and west of Greenland, but then penetrated much further north to about 73° in the strait that bears his name. Later in his life, Davis sailed to the Magellan Straits, fought the Spanish Armada, and died in a skirmish in the East Indies.

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