John Davis

1550 - 1605

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John Davis (c. 1550 – 29 December 1605) was one of the chief navigators of Queen Elizabeth I of England. He led several voyages to discover the Northwest Passage and served as pilot and captain on both Dutch and English voyages to the East Indies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Davis has received more than 98,858 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). John Davis is the 68th most popular explorer (down from 63rd in 2019), the 573rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 601st in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Explorer.

John Davis is most famous for being the first African American to play in the National Hockey League.

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Among explorers, John Davis ranks 68 out of 498Before him are Yaqut al-Hamawi, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Davy Crockett, Nikolay Przhevalsky, and Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. After him are Xu Fu, Alonso de Ojeda, Willem Schouten, Jules Dumont d'Urville, Richard Francis Burton, and Hernando de Soto.

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Among people born in 1550, John Davis ranks 9Before him are John Napier, Willem Barentsz, Charles IX of Sweden, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Camillus de Lellis, and Jang-geum. After him are Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Stanislaus Kostka, Karin Månsdotter, Giorgio Basta, Do-Aklin, and Jacobus Gallus. Among people deceased in 1605, John Davis ranks 9Before him are Pope Leo XI, Handan Sultan, Boris Godunov, Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, and Ulisse Aldrovandi. After him are Theodore Beza, Naresuan, Jan Zamoyski, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Cığalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha, and Stradanus.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 573 out of 8,785Before him are Walter Raleigh (1554), Archibald Hill (1886), Eadwig (940), Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover (1771), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), and Malcolm Young (1953). After him are Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (1596), Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796), A. J. Cronin (1896), Jonathan Pryce (1947), Antony Hewish (1924), and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 10Before him are Henry Morton Stanley (1841), William Baffin (1584), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), and Henry Hudson (1570). After him are Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Dampier (1651), James Clark Ross (1800), Robert FitzRoy (1805), Mary Kingsley (1862), and Thomas Cavendish (1560).