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Thomas Cavendish

1560 - 1592

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Sir Thomas Cavendish (1560 – May 1592) was an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish towns and ships in the Pacific and return by circumnavigating the globe. Magellan's, Loaisa's, Drake's, and Loyola's expeditions had preceded Cavendish in circumnavigating the globe. His first trip and successful circumnavigation made him rich from captured Spanish gold, silk and treasure from the Pacific and the Philippines. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Cavendish has received more than 223,292 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Cavendish is the 115th most popular explorer (down from 93rd in 2019), the 1,005th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 807th in 2019) and the 16th most popular British Explorer.

Thomas Cavendish is most famous for being the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world.

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Among explorers, Thomas Cavendish ranks 115 out of 405Before him are Juan de la Cosa, Tristão da Cunha, Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, Semyon Dezhnev, Pedro de Mendoza, and Francisco Vázquez de Coronado. After him are George Vancouver, Andrés de Urdaneta, Afanasy Nikitin, Alvise Cadamosto, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, and João da Nova.

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Among people born in 1560, Thomas Cavendish ranks 9Before him are Thomas Harriot, Jacobus Arminius, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Gaspard Bauhin, Christian I, Elector of Saxony, and Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully. After him are Anton Praetorius, Juan Sánchez Cotán, Domenico Tintoretto, Charles I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Marco Antonio de Dominis, and William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. Among people deceased in 1592, Thomas Cavendish ranks 8Before him are John III of Sweden, Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France, Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, Hümaşah Sultan, Jacopo Bassano, and Bartolomeo Ammannati. After him are Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, William the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Michiel Coxie, and William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cavendish ranks 1,005 out of 7,765Before him are Stephen Frears (1941), Charlotte Gainsbourg (1971), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734), Honor Blackman (1925), Warren Hastings (1732), and Anna Atkins (1799). After him are Ida Noddack (1896), Freeman Dyson (1923), Hans Sloane (1660), Robert Hardy (1925), Cozy Powell (1947), and Mary Somerville (1780).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cavendish ranks 16Before him are John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), John Davis (1550), William Dampier (1651), Robert FitzRoy (1805), and Mary Kingsley (1862). After him are George Vancouver (1757), Isabella Bird (1831), Martin Frobisher (1535), Alexander Mackenzie (1764), Samuel Wallis (1728), and Matthew Flinders (1774).