chapter  I
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Adams and his Age

Adams, like many of his contemporaries, spent some time in Dutch service, most notably aboard the five-vessel Mahu and De Cordes fleet of 1598-1600. Whether he served aboard one or more Dutch ships attempting to discover the non-existent North-West passage to Asia is uncertain; the Catholic missionaries in Japan later wrote that he did but the evidence beyond this second-hand assertion is non-existent.