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Tudor Minute December 29, 1606 – John Davis dies

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 29.

On December 29, 1606 John Davis died. He was a navigator who not only led several voyages to discover the northwest passage, but also discovered the Faulkland Islands. He was born around 1550, and by 1583 he was pitching voyage ideas to Francis Walsingham, and he did a lot of work with Francis Drake on his raids to Spain and the Carribbean. He was killed on a journey near Singapore when Japanese pirates killed him after he seized their vessel. We still remember him today having named Davis Straight after him. It’s the portion of the in between the western edge of Greenland, and the upper part of Canada.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at

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