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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
An English navigator, born near Dartmouth; took early to the sea; conducted (1585-1587) three expeditions to the Arctic Seas in quest of a NW. passage to India and China, as far N. as 73°; discovered the strait which bears his name; sailed as pilot in two South Sea expeditions, and was killed by Japanese pirates near Malacca; wrote the "Seaman's Secret" (1550-1605).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Davis, John'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/davis-john.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.