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 70,676 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. John Davis is the 69th most popular explorer (down from 62nd in 2019), the 649th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 542nd in 2019) and the 13th 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 69 out of 405Before him are Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Alonso de Ojeda, William Dampier, Davy Crockett, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Hugh Glass. After him are Nikolay Przhevalsky, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Richard E. Byrd, Bjarni Herjólfsson, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, and Benjamin of Tudela.

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Among people born in 1550, John Davis ranks 10Before him are Safiye Sultan, Charles IX of Sweden, Camillus de Lellis, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Jang-geum, and Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. After him are Stanislaus Kostka, Karin Månsdotter, Do-Aklin, Giorgio Basta, Jacobus Gallus, 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 Theodore Beza, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Naresuan, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Robert Catesby, and Jan Zamoyski.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 649 out of 6,924Before him are Oliver Reed (1938), Antony Hewish (1924), William Wilberforce (1759), Stanley Baldwin (1867), Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877), and Ernest Thompson Seton (1860). After him are Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864), Tom Jones (1940), Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover (1771), Patrick White (1912), Robert Carlyle (1961), and Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, John Davis ranks 13Before him are William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), and William Dampier (1651). After him are Thomas Cavendish (1560), Robert FitzRoy (1805), Mary Kingsley (1862), Alexander Mackenzie (1764), George Vancouver (1757), and Isabella Bird (1831).