(d. 1607), English navigator and colonizer. In the early years of the seventeenth century, he explored the North American coast, giving Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod their present names. His trade with native Americans raised interest in the New World, and led to the establishment of the London and Plymouth companies. In 1607 he was among the first colonists at Jamestown, Virginia, where he died of swamp fever.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).