John Hawkins

1532 - 1595

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Admiral Sir John Hawkins (also spelled Hawkyns) (1532 – 12 November 1595) was an English naval commander, naval administrator, privateer and slave trader. Hawkins pioneered, and was an early promoter of, English involvement in the Atlantic slave trade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Hawkins has received more than 91,923 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). John Hawkins is the 539th most popular military personnel (down from 446th in 2019), the 981st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 857th in 2019) and the 17th most popular British Military Personnel.

John Hawkins is most famous for his book, "A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates."

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Among military personnels, John Hawkins ranks 539 out of 2,058Before him are Callimachus, Henri de la Rochejaquelein, Julian, Count of Ceuta, Walter Rauff, Saitō Hajime, and Pavel Batitsky. After him are Friedrich Dollmann, Jawhar, Heinz Lammerding, Ivan Yakubovsky, Hasdrubal Gisco, and Mitsuo Fuchida.

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Among people born in 1532, John Hawkins ranks 4Before him are Tulsidas, Yermak Timofeyevich, and Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. After him are Francis Walsingham, Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony, William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Luís Fróis, Alphonsus Rodriguez, Archduchess Magdalena of Austria, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, and Maerten de Vos. Among people deceased in 1595, John Hawkins ranks 9Before him are Philip Neri, Mohammad Khodabanda, Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, Archduke Ernest of Austria, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, and António, Prior of Crato. After him are Thoinot Arbeau, Jeremias II of Constantinople, Louis Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, John Frederick II, Duke of Saxony, Pasquale Cicogna, and Magnus, Duke of Östergötland.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Hawkins ranks 981 out of 8,785Before him are Keith Moon (1946), Slash (1965), Denholm Elliott (1922), Lewis Hamilton (1985), William Huggins (1824), and Brian Clough (1935). After him are Neil Gaiman (1960), Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (1594), Joan Robinson (1903), Peter Benenson (1921), John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford (1389), and Marty Feldman (1934).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, John Hawkins ranks 17Before him are Rudolf Abel (1903), James Paul Moody (1887), John Franklin (1786), Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738), Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891), and Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig (1861). After him are Woodes Rogers (1679), John Hanning Speke (1827), Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883), William Stuart-Houston (1911), Harold Lowe (1882), and William Bligh (1754).