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Francis Drake

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake

Profession: Admiral and Navigator


Why Famous: The most renowned seaman of the Elizabethan era, Francis Drake helped defeat the Spanish Armada.

He also carried out the second circumnavigation of the world, between 1577 to 1580.

Birthplace: Tavistock, England, United Kingdom

Died: January 28, 1596
Cause of Death: Dysentery

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Historical Events

  • 1573-08-07 Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure
  • 1577-11-15 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
  • 1577-12-13 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world
  • 1579-06-17 English navigator Francis Drake lands on the coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
  • 1579-07-26 Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean
  • 1581-04-04 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
  • 1590-07-06 English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag