Francis Drake

A English Explorer

Where it all started

Born between 1540 and 1544 in Devonshire, England, Francis Drake was the son of a tenant farmer on the estate of Lord Francis Russell, earl of Bedford. He was brought up in Plymouth by the Hawkins family, relatives who worked as merchants and privateers (often referred to as pirates). Drake went to sea for the first time around the age of 18 with the Hawkins family fleet, and by the 1560s had earned command of his own ship.

Some fun Facts About Sir Francis Drake

  • Sir Francis Drake's around the world voyage made him a national hero. He was considered one of England's best explorers. Queen Elizabeth was very happy because she had a great explorer. Since she was so happy she knighted Drake on his ship.
  • Sir Francis Drake's around the world voyage made him a national hero. He was considered one of England's best explorers. Queen Elizabeth was very happy because she had a great explorer. Since she was so happy she knighted Drake on his ship.

Drakes Accomplishments

After plundering Spanish ports along the west coast of South America, Drake headed north in search of a passage back to the Atlantic. He claimed to have traveled as far north as 48° N (on parallel with Vancouver, Canada) before extreme cold conditions turned him back. Drake anchored near today’s San Francisco and claimed the surrounding land, which he called New Albion, for Queen Elizabeth.

Heading back west across the Pacific in July 1579, he stopped in the Philippines and bought spices in the Molucca Islands. He then sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and arrived back in England’s Plymouth Harbor in September 1580. Despite complaints from the Spanish government about his piracy, Drake was honored as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and became a popular hero. Several months after his return, Queen Elizabeth personally knighted him aboard the Golden Hind

Sir Francis Drakes Death

Saturday, Jan. 27th 1596 at 12pm

Portobelo, Colon, Panama

Portobelo, Colon

On January 28, 1596, he died of a fever. He was buried in a lead coffin at sea near Portobelo. Divers continue to search for the coffin.
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