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Coxe, Daniel (1640–1730), physician, natural philosopher, and colonial adventurer, was the son of Daniel Coxe (d. 1686), gentleman, of Stoke Newington, Middlesex. He matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1659, becoming a scholar in 1661. Coxe first came to the fore in the mid-1660s as an associate of ...

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Harcourt, Robert (1574/5–1631), colonial adventurer and author, was born at Ellenhall, Staffordshire, the eldest of the five children of Walter (later Sir Walter) Harcourt (c.1553–1639) of Ellenhall and of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, and his wife and stepsister, Dorothy, daughter of William Robinson...

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Peckham, Sir George (d. 1608), colonial adventurer, was the third son of Sir Edmund Peckham (d. 1564) of Denham, Buckinghamshire, former high treasurer of the mint, and his wife, Anne (d. 1570), daughter of John Cheyne of Chesham Bois. In 1554 he married ...

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Smith, Thomas (1547–1573), colonial adventurer, was born on 15 March 1547, probably at Cambridge, the illegitimate son of Sir Thomas Smith (1513–1577), the influential Tudor intellectual and courtier. Sir Thomas expected much of his only child and heir and dictated the course of his life. The awesome shadow cast by his indefatigable father obscures his early years. ...

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Somers, Sir George (1554–1610), privateer and colonial adventurer, was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset, the son of John Somer (as the name was then spelt) and his wife, Alice (d. 1591). He first comes to notice in 1587 when he used prize money to buy ...

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Vassall, John (d. 1625), shipowner and colonial adventurer, was of French descent; his family, probably Huguenots, originated from near Caen in Normandy. Little is known of his parents or early career, though he apparently acquired a reputation as a competent authority on maritime matters, and was consulted by the ...

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Weston, Thomas (d. 1644x7), merchant and colonial adventurer, played a leading role in supporting and setting out the pilgrims who settled Plymouth plantation in New England during 1620. His earlier trading activities in the Netherlands were halted by the privy council, following complaints from the ...