William Adams

1564 - 1620

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William Adams (Japanese: ウィリアム・アダムス, Hepburn: Wiriamu Adamusu) (24 September 1564 – 16 May 1620), better known in Japanese as Miura Anjin (Japanese: 三浦按針, "the pilot of Miura"), was an English navigator who, in 1600, was the first Englishman to reach Japan leading a five-ship expedition for a private Dutch fleet. Of the few survivors of the only ship that reached Japan, Adams and his second mate Jan Joosten were not allowed to leave the country while Jacob Quaeckernaeck and Melchior van Santvoort were permitted to go back to the Dutch Republic to invite them to trade. Adams, along with former second mate Joosten, then settled in Japan, and the two became some of the first (of very few) Western samurai.Soon after Adams' arrival in Japan, he became a key advisor to the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Adams has received more than 68,979 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. William Adams is the 52nd most popular explorer (up from 56th in 2019), the 442nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 460th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Explorer.

William Adams, also known as Miura Anjin, was a navigator and explorer who helped the Tokugawa shogunate establish trade with the Western world. He is most famous for his role in the opening of Japan to the Western world.

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Among explorers, William Adams ranks 52 out of 405Before him are Robert Falcon Scott, Henry Hudson, Sven Hedin, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, and Diego de Almagro. After him are Ernest Shackleton, John Smith, Hernando de Soto, William Baffin, Samuel de Champlain, and Hanno the Navigator.

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Among people born in 1564, William Adams ranks 5Before him are Galileo Galilei, William Shakespeare, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and Christopher Marlowe. After him are Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Hans Leo Hassler, Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Joos de Momper, and Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1620, William Adams ranks 4Before him are Simon Stevin, Wanli Emperor, and Mahfiruz Hatun. After him are Taichang Emperor, Stanisław Żółkiewski, Louise de Coligny, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, and Thomas Campion.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Adams ranks 442 out of 6,924Before him are Thomas Hardy (1840), Edgar the Peaceful (943), Erasmus Darwin (1731), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Sid Vicious (1957), and Oliver Sacks (1933). After him are David Beckham (1975), Gary Moore (1952), Edward the Martyr (962), Charlie Watts (1941), Henry Every (1659), and Robert Brown (1773).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, William Adams ranks 7Before him are James Cook (1728), Francis Drake (1540), David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), and Henry Hudson (1570). After him are John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), William Dampier (1651), and John Davis (1550).