Sir Francis Drake
The Most Renowned Seamen of the Elizabethan Era
"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."- Francis Drake
Where It Began
Did you know that Sir Francis Drake was a distant relative of Sir Walter Raleigh?
Achievements and Discoveries
At the age of 13, Sir Francis Drake starts working as an apprentice aboard a ship plying trade across the English Channel. When he is twenty years old, he becomes the captain of the boat, and starts making trips to Africa, America, and the West Indies. In 1577, on the ship The Golden Hind, and after defeating Spanish ships, the Golden Hind got into a terrible storm, and ended up going around the south coast of America, completing the world's second circumnavigation of the globe, and the first for the English. One of Drake's biggest accomplishments is defeating the Spanish Armada. When the Spanish decided to attack England, the English already knew, so they attacked the Spanish, and it took them a full year to recover and begin their counter-attack. In the counter-attack, the Spanish had much more ships, and they were much more powerful. However, under the command of Drake, the English won an important victory for their country. He later became deeply involved in politics, and became mayor of Plymouth.
Drake's Ship, The Golden Hind
Look Closely for the Route of Drake's Voyage around the World
Did you know that Sir Francis Drake is Forbes's second highest earning pirate with 115 million dollars?
Sir Francis Drake being Knighted
Did you know that Drake's crew buried him in a lead coffin at sea, which divers still can't find today?
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