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a member of the second and third Martin Frobisher voyages in positions of importance; as Frobisher's lieutenant on the second and as captain of the Anne Francis on the third. He published A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discoverie (1578). The True Discourse included the First Frobisher Voyage, in which Best did not participate, as well as the other two (1577 and 1578) as an eye-witness. It appeared in the explorationn collection of Richard Hakluyt. Later, in reprinting the material, Hakluyt removed some passages, in particular one suggesting that the aim of the exploration was prospecting for minerals, rather than the North-West Passage. George Best is also credited with working out the warmth of the tropics was due to the sun's light being spread over a smaller area, rather than their closer proximity to the sun.
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