Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake was a 16th century English sailor, privateer, navigator and slave trader.

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Cape Floral Region In 1580 he described Table Mountain" as "A most stately thing and the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the globe"
Cidade Velha Attacked it
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape Drake was born c1544 in Tavistock within the inscribed boundary - "at Crowndale Farm, just to the west of what is now Tavistock College. A Blue Plaque is mounted on the current farmhouse, behind which Drake is believed to have been born, the original farmhouse having been dismantled and the stone transported for use in Lew Trenchard"
La Fortaleza and San Juan
Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Santiago de Compostela "Curiously, until the 19th c. worshippers could not visit the relics, which in fact had been "missing" since the 16th century. It turns out that they were hidden in 1589 to prevent Sir Francis Drake from stealing them and taking them to England. However, in the end, the "pirate" did not even reach Compostela."
Santo Domingo "In 1586, the privateer Sir Francis Drake captured the city and held it for ransom" (wiki)
Tower of Hercules in 1589 "leads a fleet with 176 ships and 5000 men on an attack against a Coruna. 6 soldiers are stationed in the tower to defend it and they hold out for 9 days, their only source of food being birds they manage to capture" (Quote from display in the Torre's Visitor Centre)
Westminster Westminster Abbey contains a modern Memorial (1979) to 3 British "Cimcumnavigators" of different eras - including Drake. See


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