Sir Francis Drake

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How well do you know the life of one of Britain's great maritime heroes? Discover the truth behind a man who remains a legendary figure of history more than four hundred years after his death.Sir Francis Drake's career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and cirumnavigated the world to bring home the Golden Hind laden with Spanish treasure. His attacks on Spanish cities and ships transformed his private war into a struggle for surivival between Protestant England and Catholic Spain, in which he became Elizabeth I's most prominent admiral and marked the emergence of England as major maritime nation.'Excellent...It deserves to become the standard Drake life. His scholarship is impeccable' Frank McLynn, Sunday Telegraph

Sir Francis Drake and his navigator and best friend, Giovanni Battista Boazio, are called upon to protect the Queen's shores and lead ... Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (1540 - 27 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, a renowned pirate, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581.

He opened the Pacific Ocean to English ships. He also helped defeat the Armada, the fleet (group of ships) that Spain sent to conquer England.