Sir Francis Drake

Standard Name: Drake, Sir Francis


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Occupation Sir Philip Sidney
On his first return from his travels SPS became a courtier to Elizabeth I , for whom he subsequently conducted diplomatic business with monarchs and others abroad. He also gave the queen gifts, appeared at...
Publishing Christian Isobel Johnstone
CIJ wrote a number of non-fiction books for children. She launched her Aunt Jane persona with The Wars of the Jews, 1823 (reprinted 1853), selected from the work of Josephus . She delineated the...


13 December 1577 - 26 September 1580
Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world, travelling from Plymouth in Devon through the Straits of Magellan and round the Cape of Good Hope, and back to Plymouth again.
A party of soldiers were landed at Roanoke Island, North Carolina, to form the earliest English North American settlement. The demoralised survivors were picked up by Francis Drake just a year later and...
Earlier 1855
Charles Kingsley published his novelWestward Ho!; Or, The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight . . . in the Reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth.