Martin Frobisher

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Sir Martin Frobisher
BirthplaceAltofts, Yorkshire

Frobisher, Martin


Born circa 1530 or 1540 at Altofts, Yorkshire; died Nov. 22, 1594, in Plymouth. English navigator.

In the course of an expedition that was searching for a northwest passage to China and India (1576–78), Frobisher discovered the southern and southeastern coasts of Baffin Island (Meta Incognita Peninsula). He penetrated what are now Hudson and Davis straits, which separate Baffin Island from the mainland and from Greenland, and discovered the strait—which proved to be a bay—that was later named after him. Before and after his arctic voyages he was in command of pirate ships. In 1588, Frobisher took part in the campaign against the Spanish Armada.


Magidovich, I. P. Istoriia otkrytiia i issledovaniia Severnoi Ameriki. Moscow, 1962.
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15) George Best, A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discoverie, for the finding of a passage to Cathaya, by the Northweast, under the conduct of Martin Frobisher (1578), B1r-v.
On the second of three journeys to Baffin Island in 1577, Englishman Martin Frobisher kidnapped three Inuit--a man, a woman, and a child--and brought them back to England as "trophies.
For example, Beaudoin and Auger's recent work on the massive gold strike supposedly made by Martin Frobisher between 1576 and 1578, prompting increased European forays to the Arctic, has proven the gold strike to be a hoax and showed how Frobisher was duped by London assayers.
The earliest geological observations of the part of the planet that has become Canada were made by explorers such as Martin Frobisher and Samuel Champlain as footnotes to their broader agendas of discover> Two centuries later, in the 1800s, the need to develop resources was imperative to the future of the Province of Canada, and interest in natural history was blossoming at a fabulous rate.
For that, you have to go north to Canada and back in time about 43 years to 1578, when British explorer Martin Frobisher gave thanks after surviving a perilous ocean crossing and landing in what is now New Foundland.
And then to Martin Frobisher, Elizabethan Privateer, James McDermott, 509 pp.
Stories kept alive by oral transmission from generation to generation provided accurate accounts of Inuit contacts with Martin Frobisher in the 1570s, and with Henry Hudson's mutinous crew in 1611.
Kenyon, Walter 1975 Tokens of Possession: The Northern Voyages of Martin Frobisher, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
To Martin Frobisher, his rival and fellow Elizabethan naval hero, Drake was a braggart, a cowardly knave and a traitor.
The recorded history of Baffin Island began in 1576 with Martin Frobisher.
Martin Frobisher is usually remembered as one of Elizabeth I's great 'sea dogs' or, in the author's words, 'the least-known of Elizabeth's first-rank of "sea-dogs"'.
TORONTO - Returning from Baffin Island in the high Arctic in 1576, British explorer Martin Frobisher was on the verge of bankruptcy.