About Francis Drake

 Henry the Navigator

Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake, (1540-1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era.

Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world, from 1577 to 1580. In the voyage he was a privateer for Elizabeth I of England and after returning from his trip with bountiful loot he was awarded a knighthood in 1581.

His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards who called him El Draque. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Francis Drake died of dysentery while anchored off the coast of Portobelo, Panama while a campaign against Spanish Colonies in Central America.


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