September 7, 1631 - Captain Thomas James begins exploring the bay that will later bear his name. His voyage had been funded by merchants in Bristol who were afraid that London merchants funding a rival expedition under Luke Fox would obtain a monopoly on any markets or resources he found. 

September 7, 1631 - Captain Thomas James begins exploring the bay that will later bear his name. His voyage had been funded by merchants in Bristol who were afraid that London merchants funding a rival expedition under Luke Fox would obtain a monopoly on any markets or resources he found.