Studies in English Commerce and Exploration in the Reign of Elizabeth

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CHAPTER IV
THE SEARCH BY WAYMOUTH

1. Continuation of the Interest

Altho no actual search for the northwest passage was made during the last decade of the sixteenth century, the project was not forgotten. How John Davis continued to hope and plan for its achievement has already been referred to, but there were other evidences of the continued interest. James Lancaster, starting in 1589, conducted an expedition to the East Indies by the Cape of Good Hope route, and after much adventure returned to England in 1594. His lieutenant, Edmund Barker, gave Hakluyt a lengthy report of the expedition, and concluded with encouragement for the idea of a northwest passage. "We understood in the East Indies," he reported, "by certaine Portugales which we tooke, that they have lately discovered the coast of China to the latitude of nine and fiftie degrees, finding the sea open to the Northward: giving great hope of the Northeast or Northwest passage."1

Two years later the project was again taken up by Michael Lok. If any proof of the fascination of the idea were needed, Lok's revived interest would furnish it, for, by his own statements, he had suffered distressing losses from Frobisher's three voyages toward the northwest. In April, 1596, in Venice, Lok met a man commonly known as "Juan de Fuca," a Greek, born in Cephalonia, whose proper name was "Apostolos Valerianos." He

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