1553 - Born in London. English lexicographer and translator of Montaigne.
1604-1619 - Florio was groom of the privy chamber to Queen Anne.
1580 - Translated Navigations and Discoveries, Giovanni Battista Ramusio's account of the voyages of Jacques Cartier.
1578-1591 - His Firste Fruites, a grammar and a series of dialogue in Italian and English, was followed by Florio's Second Frutes and by Giardino di ricreatione, a collection of more than 6,000 proverbs in Italian.
1598 - His Italian-English dictionary, A Worlde of Wordes, for which he drew heavily upon the works of Giordano Bruno, contains about 46,000 definitions.
1603 - Florio produced his major translation, the Essais of Michel de Montaigne, which he revised.
1611 - The second edition, Queen Anna's New World of Words, was greatly enlarged.
1625 - Died in Fulham, near London.
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