English sea captain, privateer, navigator, and politition
Francis Drake is granted a privateer by Queen Elizabeth
Monday, Feb. 7th 1572 at 5pm
England, United Kingdom
Sir Francis Drake Circumnavigation via Google Earth
Where was he from?
Who did he sail for?
Queen Elizabeth of England.
In 1577 Queen Elizabeth commissioned Drake to explore around South America through the Strait of Magellan. Four of his five ships were lost. He then traveled with the one ship they had left and went to modern day California, claiming it for Queen Elizabeth. Next to the Cape of good hope and back to Plymouth Harbor in 1580.
Years of explorations
- 1566-1577 Drake sails with captain Lovell to Carribean on slave trading Route
- 1567 Drake sails with John Hawkins to the new world
- 1570-1571 Drake sails to the West Indies
- 1577-1580 Drake sails around the world in the Golden Hind
- 1579 Drake discovers the coast of California
- 1579 Drake sails across the Pacific
- Becoming a privateer of Queen Elizabeth
- Circumnavigating around the world
- He was a skilled privateer, sea captain, and slaver
- Captured slaves and settlers from Africa
Very brave- He survived the most fierce passage on earth, between Antarctica and South America, now called the Drake Passage.
Adventurous- He spent 3 years sailing around the world
Tenacious- Despite the loss of his two brothers, he did not leave Panama until he was rich
Purpose of his Voyages
- Power- He capture slaves to grow in power
- Wealth- He stayed in Panama until he captured the town Nombre de Dios and gained all of its treasure
- Defeat the Spanish- Spanish people killed his cousins when he was young and his hatred for them grew during his lifetime. He captured many Spanish settlements on his voyages around South America
Below is Francis Drake being commissioned by Queen Elizabeth.
- Francis was appointed vice admiral of the English Navy in 1588
- He defeated the Spanish Armada