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September 19 – Thomas Cavendish, a Tudor explorer

On this day in Tudor history, 19th September 1560, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Cavendish was baptised at St Martin's Church, Trimley St Martin in Suffolk.

Explorer, navigator and privateer Thomas Cavendish is known for his imitation of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe, which he undertook in 1586. He is also known for being the first Englishman to explore the island of St Helena, in the mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, Cavendish also had a reputation as a spendthrift, and his final voyage was a failure.

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September 19 – Thomas Cavendish, a Tudor explorer