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Adams, William (Will)

Born: 1564 AD
Died: 1620 AD, at 55 years of age.

Nationality: English
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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.


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