Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

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  • Hi! I'm Sir Francis Drake.  I was born in England in 1540. I died in Panama on January 28, 1596, when I was 55.
  • When I was 18, I was a purser on a ship that was traveling to the Bay of Biscay. When I turned 20 I made a voyage to the coast of Guinea. Then, when I was 23, I made my first trip to the Americas in a fleet of ships.  I made 3 trips with this fleet. During these trips I attacked Portuguese towns on the coast of Africa. After that,  I sold the loot to the Spanish.  
  • On the 3rd of these voyages, I was ambushed by the Spanish. Only 2 of our ships survived. I escaped by swimming. 
  • After that, Queen Elizebeth sent me to start an expedition against the Spanish because of the success on my earlier raids. After that, I traveled to Plymouth so I could complete a journey around the world on boat. I hired a captain named Nuno Da Silvia because of his experience in sailing South American waters.  My crew was suffering from bad losses during my trip. My crew discovered that the ship that we were sailing on had rotten planks, so they burned it after we landed in San Julian. We got another ship but I decided that I would stay in San Julian for the winter. Next summer, I kept going and I finally finished my trip around the entire world. 
  • Did you know that during my lifetime, I paid off the national debt of England with the treasure that I stole from the Spanish?
  • When I died in 1596 in Panama, I asked to be buried in a lead sealed coffin between the recks of 2 ships in a suit of armor. I died from a common illness called Dysentery. 
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