William Baffin

1584 - 1622

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William Baffin (c. 1584 – 23 January 1622) was an English navigator, explorer and cartographer. He is primarily known for his attempt to discover a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, during the course of which he was the first European to discover Baffin Bay in present-day Canada. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Baffin has received more than 127,970 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). William Baffin is the 56th most popular explorer (up from 59th in 2019), the 473rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 476th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Explorer.

William Baffin is most famous for being the first European to see the Baffin Bay, which he named in 1616.

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Among explorers, William Baffin ranks 56 out of 405Before him are Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Diego de Almagro, William Adams, Ernest Shackleton, John Smith, and Hernando de Soto. After him are Samuel de Champlain, Hanno the Navigator, Richard Francis Burton, James Clark Ross, Diogo Cão, and Jules Dumont d'Urville.

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Among people born in 1584, William Baffin ranks 4Before him are Miyamoto Musashi, Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain, and Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange. After him are Francisco de Quevedo, Catherine of Sweden, Countess Palatine of Kleeburg, Yuan Chonghuan, Matthias Gallas, Cornelis de Vos, Herman Wrangel, Caspar Barlaeus, and Francis Beaumont. Among people deceased in 1622, William Baffin ranks 3Before him are Osman II and Francis de Sales. After him are Hasekura Tsunenaga, Petrus Plancius, Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, John Rolfe, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Frans Pourbus the Younger, and Michael Maier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Baffin ranks 473 out of 6,924Before him are William Ewart Gladstone (1809), Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Cromwell (1485), Gregory Bateson (1904), Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532), and Stanley Matthews (1915). After him are Harthacnut (1018), Gustav Holst (1874), Emma Thompson (1959), James Callaghan (1912), Wentworth Miller (1972), and John Cleese (1939).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, William Baffin ranks 9Before him are David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), and John Smith (1580). After him are Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), William Dampier (1651), John Davis (1550), Thomas Cavendish (1560), and Robert FitzRoy (1805).