Hawkins, Sir John (15301595)

Hawkins, Sir John, an English navigator and admiral, born at Plymouth; was rear-admiral of the fleet sent against the Armada and contributed to its defeat; has the unenviable distinction of having been the first Englishman to traffic in slaves, which he carried off from Africa and imported into the West Indies (15301595).

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

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