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Sir Martin Frobisher was an English seaman and privateer who made three voyages to the New World looking for the North-west Passage. He landed in north-eastern Canada, around today's Resolution Island and Frobisher Bay. On his second voyage, Frobisher found what he thought was gold ore and carried 200 tons of it home on three ships, where initial assaying determined it to be worth a profit of £5.2 per ton. Encouraged, Frobisher returned to Canada with an even larger fleet and dug several mines around Frobisher Bay. He carried 1,350 tons of the ore back to England, where, after years of smelting, it was realised that the ore was worthless iron pyrite. As an English privateer, he plundered riches from French ships. He was later knighted for his service in repelling the Spanish Armada in 1588.
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  • Personal 

  • Privateer and pirate 

  • North-west passage 

  • First voyage 

  • Second voyage 

  • Third voyage 

  • Anglo-Spanish War 

  • Spanish Armada 

  • Later life 

  • Britain 

  • Canada