Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon in 1540. He was the oldest out of the twelve sons in his family. His parents are Edmund Drake and Mary Malware.
Drake was apprenticed to a merchant who would sail coastal waters and trade goods between England and France.
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In 1577, Queen Elizabeth sent Drake out to go against the Spanish that were along the Pacific coast of South America. She gave him the task of finding a Northwest passage.
Drake was given five ships and his crew had Thomas Doughty. Drake and Doughty didn't get along during the trip. As they were arriving off the coast of Argentina, Drake arrested Doughty by accusing him for planning mutiny. The small trial was put to an end and same did Doughty's life.
Drake claimed the coast of California for Queen Elizabeth. He set sail across the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and around the Cape of Good Hope back England, landing at Plymouth in 1580.
Drake became the second person to circumnavigate the world and the first English man to do so. In 1581, Queen Elizabeth honored him and he was made the mayor of Plymouth and a member of the House of Commons.