Davis, John (also John Davys)
Died: 1605 AD, at 62 years of age.
1543 – He was born this year in at Sand ridge near Dartmouth. From a boy he was a sailor, and early went on voyages with Adrian Gilbert.
1583 – He appears to have broached his design of a Northwest Passage to Francis Walsingham and John Dee.
1585 – He started on his first northwestern expedition. On this he began by encountering the ice-bound east shore of Greenland, which he followed south to Cape Farewell.
1586 – He tried again this year and in 1587.
1588 – He seems to have commanded the Black Dog against the Spanish Armada.
1589 – He joined the earl of Cumberland off the Azores.
1591 – He accompanied Thomas Cavendish on his last voyage, with the special purpose, as he tells us, of searching that north-west discovery upon the back parts of America.
1592 – He discovered the Falkland Islands in August of this year aboard the vessel Desire.
1593 – After his return in this year, he published a valuable treatise on practical navigation in The Seaman’s Secrets.
1595 – There is work that is more theoretical in The Worlds Hydrographical Description.
1601 – He accompanied Sir James Lancaster as first pilot on his voyage in the service of the British East India Company until 1603.
1605 – He sailed again for the same destination as pilot to Sir Edward Michel borne. On this journey, Japanese pirates off Bintang near Sumatra killed him.
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