Davis, John (15501605)

Davis, John, an English navigator, born near Dartmouth; took early to the sea; conducted (1585-1587) three expeditions to the Arctic Seas in quest of a NW. passage to India and China, as far N. as 73°; discovered the strait which bears his name; sailed as pilot in two South Sea expeditions, and was killed by Japanese pirates near Malacca; wrote the “Seaman's Secret” (15501605).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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