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Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain, navigator, slaver, privateer and politician. He was second in command of and English fleet against the Spanish Armada. He also accomplished the second circumvolution of the world. A hero to some and a pirate to others let us peek into the life of Sir Francis Drake. In Tavistock, Devon year 1544, Francis Drake was born. Drake’s birth is not formally recorded, but since he received command of the Judith in 1566 when he was twenty-two years old, his birth would have been in 1544. Of the twelve sons of Edmund Drake, Francis was the oldest. In 1549, Drake and his family fled for Devonshire into Kent because of the religious persecution during the Prayer Book Rebellion. While in Kent Drake was …show more content…
Le Testu was capture later and beheaded but Drake and small band of his men carried as much treasure as they could back to the raiding boats but when they got there, the boats were gone. After burying the treasure, Drake and his men built a raft and sent to volunteers to the coast where they had left their flagship. Needless to say after some 18 miles of trudging through jungles and mountains carrying treasure, Drake looked alarmingly bedraggled. When his men saw him, they feared the worst and asked him, warily, how his raid had gone. Drake teased them a little by looking downhearted but finally laughed and said, according to a wikipedia article titled “Francis Drake” (January 9, 2012) “Our voyage is mad, lads!”. Drake had returned to Plymouth by August 9, 1573. After his successful raid in Tierra Firme, Elizabeth I of England sent Drake on an expedition along the Pacific coast of the Americas against the Spanish. After facing storms, a loss of men and ships, serious injuries and a whole winter along the Pacific coast, Drake finally captured a Spanish ship carrying 25,000 pesos of Peruvian gold. Drake also learned of another treasure ship, to which he gave chase and eventually

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