Talk:Martin Frobisher

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Did he really explore "much of Russia"? To my knowledge, all of the explorers were unsuccessful in finding a Northwest Passage to Russia, and it doesn't mention in the article when/where/details o:)n his explorations of Russia... somehow I doubt that he did so. ugen64 03:59, Sep 10, 2004 (UTC)

In fact, the path around Russia was the "NorthEAST Passage" and Frobisher didn't go there. Richard Chancellor discovered a passage around Scandinavia to Russia and established trade there, but died in a shipwreck off Scotland wihtout discovering the real prize, a Northeast Passage past Russia to Cathay.
The Northwest Passage is across the Atlantic and west through America.
Frobisher discovered much of Eastern Canada, and I have made the change. PKM 9 July 2005 03:13 (UTC)

Restless Natives[edit]

"The recorded history of Nunavut began in 1576. Martin Frobisher, while leading an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, thought he had discovered gold ore in what is now known as Frobisher Bay on the coast of Baffin Island. The ore turned out to be worthless, but Frobisher made the first recorded European contact with the Inuit. The contact was hostile, with Frobisher capturing four Inuit people and bringing them back to England, where they quickly perished."


Worthy of a mention, I think....

Absolutely. Let me think about how to reword this passage. PKM 03:45, 13 August 2005 (UTC)

Rather than the trite "Restless Natives" slur, which suggests they were the aggressors, you might consider a less white (ie: white-washed by white men) version and give credit to the Inuit for the crimes against them by the invaders: The "set of Inuits" (unrelated man, woman & child) kidnapped by Frobisher as trophies through no fault of their own & the village of Inuits slaughtered in hasty retribution when the second voyage found the discarded clothing of the five men that were simply left behind by Frobisher and were rescued rather than "captured" by the Inuit.

Reference: 500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians by Alvin M Josephy Jr - which was the basis for the Kevin Costner doco of the same name directed by Jack Leustig and catalogues the trail of murder and betrayal that was the native populations experience.```` [Phil 7 Ryan]

The First Paragraph[edit]

Parts of the first paragraph are plagairized from Bill Bryson's Made in America (pg. 8). It should be changed or at least should attribute the source. The language is identical.

According to the birth and death dates given, Frobisher lived to the ripe old age of 155.

Martin Frobisher's Descendants[edit]

There is mention of Martin Frobisher having two wives. What of any offspring? It is of interest to me as my paternal Great Grandfather was Edward Frobisher, born approx 1880 in Manitoba. The pedigree I have obtained in vertical lineage only and omits any reference to siblings.



I am a new user and cannot edit the article. We need an established user to edit the vandalism in the first paragraph of Early Life.

Done. Thanks for pointing this out. --- RockMFR 18:21, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Birth Date[edit]

But does it say when he was born? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:47, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Italian page[edit]

Could you add the link to the italian page that I just created? --DizioMario (talk) 12:06, 8 March 2009 (UTC) hey!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:12, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Seems to have been done. Fotoguzzi (talk) 16:21, 11 February 2010 (UTC)


It seems the third Frobisher expedition is being cited as the first liturgical thanksgiving to be held in the New World. See If true (and there is a citation given) it seems this page would do well to reflect that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:C592:4580:656D:5845:9584:69C5 (talk) 22:51, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

I'm an unregistered user and don't want to sign up. Could a registered user add that Frobisher Crescent, part of the Barbican Estate in the City of London is named after Frobisher. - source here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:38, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Done. Thanks for the info. Evanh2008, Super Genius Who am I? You can talk to me... 05:43, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Ore story contradiction[edit]

One part says they picked up a rock at the very last moment of the first voyage, and came back for more on voyages two and three.

The introduction makes it sound like they found a rock [I had written rocket in February!] on the second journey and decided to take two hundred tons more home with them on the second voyage.

I think the first version is more accurate, but will leave to others to fix the discrepancy. Thank you. Fotoguzzi (talk) 17:22, 11 February 2010 (UTC) [Fixed typo, separated comments, and formatted the question.]Fotoguzzi (talk) 05:39, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Date of death [citation needed][edit]

on page xxv of this 1867 book scanned by Google, the date of death is listed in a parish register as 22 Nov 1594. is there a reason to think that the 15 Nov 1594 date is more accurate?

Here is the way the book describes it:

In the register of St. Andrew's parish, Plymouth, 1594, there appears the following : — "Nov. 22nd. Sir Martin Frobisher, knight, being at the fort built against Brest by the Spaniards, deceased at Plymouth this day, whose entrails were here interred, but his corpse was carried hence to be buried in London."Fotoguzzi (talk) 05:33, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Fighting the Armada[edit]

Frobisher was heavily involved in fighting the Armada in 1588, and was knighted for his service. This is not detailed. The action off Portland Bill must be worth recounting, surely? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dean1954 (talkcontribs) 13:02, 7 December 2014 (UTC)