Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake (1545-1596) was a British explorer, slave trader, privateer (a pirate working for the government) in the service of England, mayor of Plymouth, and naval officer (admiral).

Drake led the second expedition to sail around the world lasting from 1577 to 1580.  Magellan was the first to sail around the world.  Queen Elizabeth I commissioned Drake to lead the expedition with John Winter and Thomas Doughty.  They left Plymouth,England on December 13, 1577 with six ships.  When they returned in 1580 the Queen rewarded Drake with a large amount of money (10,000 euros).  The Spanish called him El Draque meaning “the dragon”. 


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