1564 – Adams was born in Gillingham, Kent, England on September 24, 1564.
1576 – Became an apprenticed to Nicholas Diggins, a shipyard owner, at Limehouse.
1588 – Served in the Royal Navy under Sir Francis Drake as the master commander of the resupply ship.
1598 – Became a pilot major at the age of 34. He set sail from Rotterdam on board the ship Hoop.
1600 – After a dreadful experience at sea, Adams and his crew arrived at Japan. He was the first Englishman to setfoot in Japan.
1620 – Adams died at Hirado, Nagasaki on May 16, 1620 at the age of fifty-six.