Gosnold, Bartholomew gŏz´nōld [key], fl. 1572–1607, English explorer and colonizer. In 1602 he commanded the Concord on a voyage of exploration. He navigated the coast from Maine to Narragansett Bay, naming Cape Cod and several islands and building a small fort, which was soon abandoned, on Cuttyhunk, westernmost of the Elizabeth Islands. In 1606 he commanded the God Speed, which carried some of the first settlers to Virginia. Gosnold protested against the site of Jamestown but was overruled. He died there of malaria several months later.
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