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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Hawkins, Sir John 1520- 1595 (search)
Hawkins, Sir John 1520-1595 Naval officer; born in Plymouth, England, in 1520; carried a cargo of 300 slaves from Guinea in 1562, and sold them in Cuba. In 1564 he attempted to capture and ensl
ole town near Sierra Leone, and narrowly escaped being captured himself and sold into slavery.
Hawkins was filled with the most pious reflections at his escape, and in his narrative (which is the fi sh fleet much stronger than his own. He made a solemn compact of mutual forbearance
Defeat of Hawkins at San Juan De Ulloa. with the Spanish commander, which he treacherously broke, and in the ensuing conflict Hawkins was utterly defeated.
Sir Francis Drake was with him on this third voyage.
Returning to England, Hawkins was made a vice-admiral in the fleet which fought the Armada in 1595. SHawkins was made a vice-admiral in the fleet which fought the Armada in 1595. Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake were sent on an expedition against the Spanish settlements in America in 1589. Porto Rico successfully defied him, and, much depressed at his reverses, he died