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Adams, William

Born: 1564 AD
Died: 1620 AD

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.