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Francis Drake; the man who sailed around the world


Francis Drake participated in some of the earliest English slavery voyages to Africa. He passed around the tip of South America, through the Strait of Magellan, and explore the coast that lay beyond. Drake successfully completed the journey and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. In 1588 he took part in the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, he died in 1596 from illness.

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My Explorer Sir Francis Drake

Early Life

At the age of 12-13 he would always go out to sea. He was an apprentice on a small trading ship which was left to him when the master died. but became famous as a pirate and explorer. He was not a fan of the Spaniards because Protestant England was often at war with Catholic Spain and there were rich rewards for capturing Spanish ships. His accomplished raids on Spanish ships have played a big part of England's power of the sea.
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During his trip around the world Francis landed in what is now California. Drake returned to England with many spices from the Indies and stolen Spanish treasure.