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Sir John Hawkins biography. England’s first slave trader who was Mayor of Plymouth But these were dangerous times; merchant ships trading in coastal waters around Europe had to be prepared to repel borders by force as pirates of many nations were active.

Sir John Hawkins biography

In those times Kings & Queens licensed pirates who were then called privateers. Captured ships were called prizes the crew and passengers butchered, their possessions shared among the crew. William commanded privateers to Brazil at least three times and then continued to develop the trade from home to his immense profit. The Board of Longitude : Maritime history features : Sea & ships. Martin Frobisher's expeditions, 1576–78 : Exploration, adventure and tragedy : Search for the North-West Passage : Maritime history features : Sea & ships. Frobisher's first voyage - click to enlarge The English search for the North-West Passage began in earnest with a voyage captained by Martin Frobisher in 1576.

Martin Frobisher's expeditions, 1576–78 : Exploration, adventure and tragedy : Search for the North-West Passage : Maritime history features : Sea & ships

After reaching Resolution Island Frobisher thought he may have found the entrance to the passage but had instead found a bay on the south of Baffin Island (a bay which now bears his name). On this trip he ran into trouble with native Inuits who kidnapped five of his men (they were never seen again). Second and third voyages Sir Martin Frobisher. PU2378Frobisher didn’t return to England empty-handed. Sir John Hawkins. Sir John Hawkins Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595) English mariner (sailor) who ranks with Sir Francis Drake as a leader of the Elixabethan "sea dogs.

Sir John Hawkins

" Hawkins created a new type of warship. His was nationality was English. He was the son of William Hawkins, an extremely wealthy ship builder, and father of Sir Richard Hawkins. Empire of the Bay: Sir Martin Frobisher. One of many explorers looking for a Northwest Passage to the Orient, Sir Martin Frobisher was one of the first English explorers to sail the northeast North American coast.

Empire of the Bay: Sir Martin Frobisher

Frobisher's travels began in the 1550s, when he explored Africa's northwest coast. A navigator by trade and an adventurer by nature, Frobisher gained a reputation for preying on French trading vessels in the waters off Guinea. He was arrested several times during the 1560s on piracy charges, but managed to avoid trial. Mapping The Newest Old Map Of The World. Under circumstances shrouded by mystery, two brothers painted this on a wall by the railway tracks at Paddington on Christmas Eve of 1974.

Mapping The Newest Old Map Of The World

Until the wall was knocked down, ten years later, passengers would cruise past it as their trains slowed in and out of London. It was anonymous, 45 centimeters tall, and not very colorful, but a lot of people remember it. “Far away is close at hand in images of elsewhere.” In his lovely A History of the World in Twelve Maps (the Daily Mail called it “jaunty”), historian Jerry Brotton calls the graffito “perhaps the best metaphorical description” of what happens when a person uses a map. You see a place on the map and you are transported there; the image collapses the distance between you and the place to nothing.

But how has that geographical machine in your head been shaped by the conventions governing how maps are put together? Mappa mundi. A mappa mundi (Latin [ˈmappa ˈmʊndiː]; plural = mappae mundi) is any medieval European map of the world.

Mappa mundi

Such maps range in size and complexity from simple schematic maps an inch or less across to elaborate wall maps, the largest of which was 11 ft. (3.5 m.) in diameter. Cosmographia. - Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Atlas sive Cosmographicæ Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi. - Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. A Medieval Atlas. By Melissa Snell Nothing helps bring the past into focus quite like a well-executed map.

A Medieval Atlas

Here at the Medieval History site, I've provided some maps depicting parts of the world as it was during the Middle Ages. There are also many more maps available on the web. Our atlas is designed to help you find the map you need in the manner you find most convenient, and to offer you some intriguing documents of the past to explore. The time frame for the Medieval Atlas is from the late fifth century to the year 1700. For everything you could possibly want to know about geography and maps in general, don't miss Matt Rosenberg's super Geography site here at

Amazing satellite images from around the world. American Indians Tribes Map. 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World. If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out 1. 2. 3. 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to.

40 maps that explain the world

So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to every one. Alternate North America. Maps Of War: Visual History Of War, Religion, & Govt.

Let's explore the world! Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes. Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline. By Maria Popova A chronology of one of our most inescapable metaphors, or what Macbeth has to do with Galileo.

Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline

I was recently asked to select my all-time favorite books for the lovely Ideal Bookshelf project by The Paris Review’s Thessaly la Force and artist Jane Mount. Despite the near-impossible task of shrinking my boundless bibliophilia to a modest list of dozen or so titles, I was eventually able to do it, and the selection included Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline (public library | IndieBound) by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton — among both my 7 favorite books on maps and my 7 favorite books on time, this lavish collection of illustrated timelines traces the history of graphic representations of time in Europe and the United States from 1450 to the present, featuring everything from medieval manuscripts to websites to a chronological board game developed by Mark Twain.

The first chapter, Time in Print, begins with a context for these images: Donating = Loving. 40 more maps that explain the world. Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one.

Enjoy. 1. Data source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, World Bank. Those dots represent people: the brighter the dot, the more people. 2. Click to enlarge. Human beings first left Africa about 60,000 years ago in a series of waves that peopled the globe. 3. (Wikimedia commons) Old Maps Online. Heritage Route. The son of Charlemagne, Louis the Pious, and his successors, the rulers of Francia Media, visited Nijmegen regularly. The Frankish rulers had no fixed capital and travelled continuously from palace to palace.