Sir Francis Drake

by: lupita cornejo

Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake was born around 1540 - 1544 in Devonshire, England, was involved in pricy and illicit slave trading before being chosen in 1577 as the leader of an expedition indented to pass around south America through the straits of Magellan and explore the coast that lay beyond, Drake successfully completed the journey and was knighted by the queen Elisabeth I upon his triumphant return in 1588 he saw action in England defeat of the Spanish Armando, through he died in 1596 from dysentery after undertaking an unsuccessful raiding mission.

life as a slave trader and perivteer

By the 1560s, Drake was given command of his own ship, the Judith. With a small fleet, Drake and his cousin, john hawkins, sailed to Africa and worked illegally as slave traders. They then sailed to New Spain to sell their captives to settlers, an action that was against Spanish law. In 1568, Drake and Hawkins became trapped in the Mexican port of San Juan de Ulúa in a face off with the newly established Spanish viceroy's forces. The two escaped on their respective ships while scores of their men were killed. The incident instilled in Drake a deep hatred of the Spanish crown.