Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

Tavistock, West Devon Borough, Devon, England
Death 28 Jan 1596 (aged 55–56)
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea
Memorial ID 8662254 · View Source
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Explorer, Naval Officer. The preeminent Elizabethan Era seaman, he born at Crowndale Farm, near Tavistock, Devon, in southwest England. In 1567 he commanded the Judith in his kinsman John Hawkyns's ill-fated expedition to the West Indies, and returned there several times to recover the losses sustained from the Spaniards, his exploits gaining him great popularity in England. In 1577 he set out with five ships for the Pacific, through the Straits of Magellan, but after his fleet was battered by storm and fire, he alone continued in the Golden Hind. He then struck out across the Pacific, reached the Pelew Is, and returned to England via the Cape of Good Hope in 1580. The following year, the queen visited his ship and knighted him. In 1585 he sailed with 25 ships against the Spanish Indies, bringing home tobacco, potatoes, and the dispirited Virginian colonists. In the battle against the Spanish Armada, which raged for a week in the Channel (1588), his seamanship and courage brought him further distinction. In 1595 he sailed again to the West Indies, but died of dysentery off Porto Bello. He was buried in a lead coffin in the waters off Nombres de Dios.

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