Sir Martin Frobisher

(c. 1535—1594) privateer, explorer, and naval commander

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(c. 1535–94).

Although notable as an early English sea trader in west Africa and the eastern Mediterranean in the 1550s and later associated with Drake in the West Indies expedition of 1585–6 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, Frobisher is best remembered as an explorer who made three attempts in the period 1576–8 to find the North‐West Passage. After more encounters with the Spanish in the 1590s, Frobisher was killed at Brest.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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