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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 92,198 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. John Davis is the 63rd most popular explorer (up from 69th in 2019), the 601st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 648th in 2019) and the 12th 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 63 out of 405Before him are Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Michael Rockefeller, John Smith, James Clark Ross, and Nikolay Przhevalsky. After him are Antonio Pigafetta, William Dampier, Lope de Aguirre, Hernando de Soto, Diego Columbus, and Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar.

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Among people born in 1550, John Davis ranks 10Before him are Willem Barentsz, Charles IX of Sweden, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Camillus de Lellis, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and Jang-geum. After him are Karin Månsdotter, Stanislaus Kostka, Jacobus Gallus, Do-Aklin, Giorgio Basta, and Emilio de' Cavalieri. Among people deceased in 1605, John Davis ranks 8Before him are Pope Clement VIII, Pope Leo XI, Boris Godunov, Handan Sultan, Feodor II of Russia, and Jean Nicot. After him are Ulisse Aldrovandi, Theodore Beza, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Naresuan, Jan Zamoyski, and Orazio Vecchi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 601 out of 7,765Before him are Leslie Howard (1893), Ramsay MacDonald (1866), Pope Adrian IV (1100), Malcolm Young (1953), Ann Radcliffe (1764), and John Franklin (1786). After him are Nick Mason (1944), Edgar Adrian (1889), John Snow (1813), Tony Iommi (1948), Tom Hardy (1977), and Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence (1388).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 12Before him are William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), and James Clark Ross (1800). After him are William Dampier (1651), Robert FitzRoy (1805), Mary Kingsley (1862), Thomas Cavendish (1560), George Vancouver (1757), and Isabella Bird (1831).