Sir Francis Drake of England

The explorer who defeated the Spanish Armada

Francis Drakes early life

  • Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, England. He was raised as a staunch protestant. He received some education and learned about the rudiments of navigation and seaman ship. In 1566 he commanded a ship called the hawk (named after his cousin, John Hawkins) as a privateer dealing with the Slave trade. He died on Jan. 28 at Porto belo due to dysentery. He sailed during the Renaissance time period

Drakes greatest Achievements

Drake was the second man to make the second voyage around the world. He sailed with his ship called the Golden Horn. He led the English to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1576, due to this achievement he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Although he didn't know it, he discovered a passage that led to what is now today Alaska.

Interesting facts about Drake

  • Did you know Sir Francis Drake was a pirate and a privateer
  • He was called "El Draque" by the Spanish meaning "The Dragon"
  • He was put on a secret mission by Queen Elizabeth to find easier trading routes but failed due to the Spanish.

Impact on today

  • He is symbol of courage and perseverance to the English
  • He discovered modern day Alaska
  • He sailed and defeated the Spanish Armada during the Renaissance time period
  • He was the 2nd person to sail around the world and succeded, due to this he made England the richest country in the world.


Works Cited

Alter, Judy. Sir Francis Drake. Encyclopedia ed. N.p.: Elizabeth Helmstie, 2001. Print. Vol. 1 of Extraordinary Explorers and Adventures. 3 vols.

Clovacco, Justine. Sir Francis Drake. N.p.: Richard Worth, 2003. Print. Vol. 1 of The Encyclopedia of Explores and Adventures. 1 vols.

Francis Drake-. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Francis Drake. Web. 18 Mar. 2007. <>. Born: 1540? in Tavistock, EnglandDied: January 28, 1596 in Porto Belo, PanamaNationality: EnglishOccupation: Explore. Francis Drake, the eldest son of a yeoman farmer, was born near Tavistock, Devonshire. His father later became a Calvinist lay preacher and raised his children as staunch Protestants. Young Drake received some education; he learned the rudiments of navigation and seamanship early and did some sailing near his home. The Drakes were related to the Hawkins family of Plymouth, well-to-do seamen and shipowners. The Hawkins connection got Drake a place on a 1566 slave-trading expedition to the Cape Verde Islands and the Spanish Main.

"Francis Drake, Sir." Francis Drake, Sir. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Francis Drake, Sir. Web. 4 Feb. 2007. <>.