Sir James Lancaster

(c. 1555—1618) merchant

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(c.1555–1618). In 1601–2, Lancaster commanded the first East India Company expedition to the Indies, accompanied by John Davis as his chief pilot. His five ships reached Achin, Sumatra, in June 1602 and established a trading post there. Lancaster had previously sailed to Achin in 1592.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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