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JAMES, Thomas, English navigator, born about 1590. He was employed in 1631, together with Luke Fox, by a company of merchants at Bristol to discover a northwest passage. He left Bristol on 3 May of that year, and proceeded to Hudson bay. After wintering on an island in about latitude 52º N., he sailed northward, and on 26 August, 1632, when his further progress was stopped by the ice, he had attained lat. 65º 30' N. Captain James explored Hudson bay, and gave the name of New Wales to the country on the western side of it. The southern part of that bay was named James bay. He returned to England on 22 October, and published "The Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captain Thomas James for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage to the South Sea" (London, 1633).
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