from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Frobisher, Sir Martin 1535?-1594. English explorer who made three voyages to the Canadian Arctic (1576, 1577, and 1578) in search of the Northwest Passage.

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  • n. English explorer who led an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage to the orient; served under Drake and helped defeat the Spanish Armada (1535-1594)


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  • In 1578 explorer Martin Frobisher held a formal ceremony that followed the traditions of European harvest festivals, in what is now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    October 2006

  • Between the arrival of Martin Frobisher in 1576 and the famous disappearance of Sir John Franklin in 1848, 22 European explorers entered Inuit territory.

    Ongoing Challenges for the Inuit People of Canada

  • As a result of having an Argus in Frobisher Bay after a northern patrol last fall, we were able to respond immediately when word was received that a civilian aircraft was missing.

    Action '73—Canadian Maritime Forces—Aircraft, Ships, and Submarines

  • Martin Frobisher reported evidence of extensive mineralization on Baffin Island after his expedition in 1577-78.

    The Canadian Mineral Industry

  • Sir Martin Frobisher, the first navigator to attempt to find the north-west passage to India, and from whom comes the name Frobisher's

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Queen Bess waving her hand from the window of her court at Greenwich, to acknowledge the Royal salute of Martin Frobisher, as he drifted down the Thames with three little vessels, bound for the unknown.

    The Old Romance in Canada

  • In 1576 Sir Martin Frobisher searching for the North West Passage to China, made the first of his three voyages to Canada exploring part of Baffin Land north of what is now known as Hudson Strait.

    Mineral Resources of Northern Ontario

  • Around the walls were memorials of the gallant Sir Martin Frobisher, one of the heroes of the Armada, and a first explorer of the Polar Seas; John Foxe, the author of the "Book of Martyrs;" Bishop Andrews, one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible; John Speed, and others less known to fame; but within the church itself and its immediate precincts all was silent.

    Milton As An Empire Builder

  • It would be difficult to say why they cherished this fancy; but according to that old worthy, Hakluyt, when Martin Frobisher and his party landed on Cumberland Island, in quest of gold, their expectations were much increased by finding there numbers of spiders, "which, as many affirm, are signes of great store of gold."

    Rural Hours

  • Sometimes, when I think too much about the book biz, I feel like Martin Frobisher.



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