The Finance of a Sixteenth-Century Navigator, Thomas Cavendish of Trimley in Suffolk
The financing and planning of Elizabethan voyages, including those of Thomas Cavendish are little understood, the reason being the destruction and splitting up of the legal documents combined with the syndicate members wanting to keep their affairs private. Cavendish’s first voyage proved successful in terms of prizes and discoveries. The third voyage was intended to be of a significantly large scale, but was plagued with problems from the outset. By the time the fleet reached Brazil, the Portuguese were ready for Cavendish. The fleet separated with Cavendish’s Galleon Leicester making its solitary way to St Helena. His ship made it back to Britain but without Cavendish, the circumstances of his death being unknown.