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  • Date Submitted: 10/10/2010 09:09 AM
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Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon in around 1540 and went to sea at an early age. He was a vice admiral, was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, a popular pirate, and politician of the Elizabethan period. Queen Elizabeth awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English navy against the Spanish Armada in 1588, secondary to Charles Howard and the Queen herself. He died of dysentery in January 1596 after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His exploits were famous, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards to whom he was known as El Draque, 'Draque' being the Spanish pronunciation of 'Drake'. His name in Latin was Franciscus Draco ('Francis the Dragon').King Philip II was claimed to have offered a reward of 20,000 ducats, about £4,000,000.He is famous for sailing around the world, returning to England in 1580.
Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon in around 1540 and went to sea at an early age. In 1567, Drake made one of the first English slaving voyages as part of a navy led by his cousin John Hawkins, bringing African slaves to work in the 'New World'. Every one except two ships of the expedition were lost when attacked by a Spanish squadron. The Spanish became a lasting enemy for Drake and they in turn considered him a pirate. He saw the Pacific Ocean and captured the port of Nombre de Dios on the Isthmus of Panama.

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