Blue plaque № 30365 in Dartmouth

Born at Greenway on the Dart, he became a courtier in Queen Elizabeth I's reign and served in France and Ireland. In 1566 he wrote a discourse promoting a north-west passage to China. Sir Humphrey Gilbert. 1539-1583. In 1583 he colonised Newfoundland thus founding Britian's Overseas Empire. He was later lost at sea crying out "We are as near to heaven by sea as by land".
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