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Francis Drake


History's Mysteries - Drake's Secret Voyage (History Channel Documentary)


Sir Francis Drake: The Villainous Hero (Pirate History Explained)


Drake's Round the World Voyage


The Great Explorers - Ep3of6 - Sir Francis Drake


Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. With his incursion into the Pacific Ocean, he claimed what is now California for the English and inaugurated an era of conflict with the Spanish on the western coast of the Americas, an area that had previously been largely unexplored by western shipping.