Martin Pring resided in Bristol, England before taking on the role of explorer. Living from 1580-1626, he began his first expedition the North America in 1603 at only 23 years old. With the expressed intent of determining what potential the new lands had when it came to commerce he captained the ship and its crew.
During his first expedition he visited Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Maine. He named what is now called Plymouth Harbor and an adjacent hill Whitson Bay and Mount Aldworth, respectively. He did this in honor of two of the men that had financed his expedition. These were later renamed when they were colonized. While it is disputed, many believe that his crew was the first to travel on the Piscataqua River that came from the east.
He is also known for traveling to the area once again in 1606 to make accurate maps of the coast of Maine. Soon after he was hired by East India Company as a shipmaster. During his hire with them he was employed to block other nations from trading in East Asia as well as exploring and mapping the area for future reference. He become the commander of their entire fleet in 1619 and then returned to Europe in 1621.
Shortly after his return to Europe he was inducted into the Virginia Company and rewarded with land. He then left the East India Company in 1623 and took on the role of being a privateer. In that role he was able to capture enemy ships in return for a portion of the bounty.
There is very little know about his early life, but given the fact that he embarked on his first expedition as captain at the young age of 23 it is assumed that he took an early interest in sailing. His first sailing to the Americas was on the Speedwell, which had been licensed by the well-known Sir Arthur Raleigh. His ship held 60 tons and had a crew of 30 men. They had an escort, which is a sign of a well financed voyage in its day.
They spent the months of June to early August exploring a great deal of coastline, often traveling inland on various rivers. At one point they encountered natives who attacked but were fought off thanks to the dogs on board waking the craw. His journey is credited for encouraging the voyage of the Plymouth 17 years later.
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