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Sir Francis Drake

Born circa 1540
Died 1596
Son of Edmund Drake and his wife from the Mylwaye family


  • Drake was an English buccaneer and explorer.
  • The Spanish thought of him as a pirate, because he stole Spanish treasure.
  • The English thought of him as a hero, because he defeated the Spanish in battles at sea.
  • Between 1577 - 1580 he sailed around the world on the Golden Hind, robbing Spanish ships as he went!
  • He was Vice Admiral in 1588 and helped Lord Howard defeat the Spanish Armada.
  • In 1581 he was made Mayor of Plymouth.
  • He made his last expedition to the West Indies in 1595.
  • In January 1596 he died of dysentery in Panama.


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