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Frobisher, Forbisher, or, and more properly, Frobiser, Sir Martin, sailor and navigator, was born about 1535, and, after several years of adventurous trading in the Levant and on the coast of Africa, commanded three several expeditions in search of a north-west passage, the first setting sail from Blackwall in 1576. He was captain of the Primrose in Drake's voyage to the West Indies in 1585, and of the Triumph against the Armada in 1588. For this last service he was knighted by the Lord Admiral on the deck of the Ark Royal. In 1590 he served under Hawkins in the expedition to the coast of Portugal; and in 1594, having been mortally wounded in an attack on Crozon, near Brest, he died at Portsmouth. He is buried in St. Giles's, Cripplegate. Frobisher Strait, one of the entrances to Hudson's Bay, was discovered by him. He also visited and charted some of the west coast of Greenland.