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Binney, Sir (Frederick) George (1900–1972), explorer and blockade runner, was born on 23 September 1900 at Great Bookham, Surrey, the second of two sons of Maximilian Frederick Breffit Binney (1859–1936), vicar of Richmond, Surrey, and his first wife, Emily Blinkhorn, who died when ...

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Dillon, Peter (1788–1847), adventurer in the south seas, was born on 15 June 1788 on Martinique, the son of an Irishman, Peter Dillon, probably a soldier stationed on the island. About 1806 Dillon appears to have sailed for Calcutta and he later traded sandalwood between the ...

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Fraser, Simon (1776–1862), explorer and fur trader, was born on 20 May 1776 at Mapletown, Hoosic township, New York, the youngest of the ten children of Simon Fraser (1725?–1779?) of Culbokie and Guisachan (a cadet branch of the highland Frasers of Lovat), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Hearne, Samuel (1745–1792), explorer and fur trader, was born 'close to London bridge' (Speck, Samuel Hearne), the only son of Samuel Hearne (1707/8–1748) and Diana Hearne, and younger brother to Sarah. His father was managing engineer of the London Bridge waterworks...

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Horrocks, John (1768–1804), cotton spinner and manufacturer, was born on 27 March 1768 at Bradshaw Hall Farm, Bradshaw, near Bolton, one of five surviving children of John Horrocks (d. 1816), stone-quarry proprietor, and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Booth. At an early age ...

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Matonabbee (1736/7–1782/3), fur trader and explorer, was born near Churchill Fort, in what is now Churchill, Manitoba, the son of Chipewyan parents; his father was a hunter for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). His mother and father had met on the west coast of ...

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Radisson, Pierre-Esprit [called Oninga] (1639/40?–1710), explorer and trader, was probably born in Paris—as documents in New France testify that his sisters were—to Avignonese parents, Pierre-Esprit Radisson (b. c.1590) and Madeleine Hénaut. In affidavits of 1697 and 1698 Radisson...

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Selim Aga (c. 1826–1875), freed slave, autobiographer, and explorer, was born in the Muslim kingdom of Taquali, in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, about 1826. The son of a prosperous farmer, he was destined to inherit the family property, but about the age of nine or ten, while tending his father's sheep, he was captured by raiding Arab slavers. After much ill-treatment and being sold to various masters he was transported over ...

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Weston, William (d. in or before 1505), merchant and explorer, was the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America, probably in 1499. Little has yet been established about his early life, other than that he is listed as a merchant trading to ...