Birth: 12 Nov 1532 in Kinterbury Street, Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: 21 Nov 1595 in At Sea, off, Puerto Rico
John Hawkins married Katharine Gonson, the daughter of the treasurer of the Royal Navy. Later, John himself became his father-in-law’s replacement.
John Hawkins early sailed a number of voyages to the Canary Islands. There he learned of the profitability of trading in slaves. He was the first merchant-sailor to get the idea of doing a three-way voyage. He carried English goods to Africa, slaves to the Indies, and American goods back to England. His success fostered the jealousy of the king of Spain who commanded his colonies not to trade with non-Spanish ships.