Sir Francis Drake Fact Sheet: Who was Sir Francis Drake? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Sir Francis Drake.
Sir Francis Drake Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1540 - 1596 *** Full Name: Sir Francis Drake *** Nickname:- El Draque and Draco *** Occupation: English Sea Captain, Privateer, Navigator, Politician and Slaver in the Elizabethan Era *** Date of Birth: Sir Francis Drake was born in 1540 *** Place of Birth: Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England *** Family background: His father was Edmond Drake a farmer of the Protestant faith and his mother was Mary Mylwaye *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in a time when religious persecution was rife. His father moved the family from Dorset to Kent where his father managed to get an appointment to minister, once he was ordained as a deacon and made vicar of Upnor Church, to the King’s Navy *** Education: Sir Francis Drake would have been educated as befitted his station ***
Sir Francis Drake Fact 1: Sir Francis Drake was born in 1540 and during the 16th century period in history when Portugal and Spain were exploring the oceans of the world and colonizing new lands.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 3: In 1569 he married Mary Newman and after twelve years of marriage she died. He later married Elizabeth Sydenham the daughter of the High Sheriff of Somerset, Sir George Sydenham. No children were born of Drake with either of his wives.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 8: On his next outing he captured several Spanish treasure ships whose cache of treasure was enormous.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 9: In his search for further treasure ships he travelled North and made land on the coast of what would be California and claimed the land in the name of the Holy Trinity and of the English Crown.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 10: Having left a small party of his crew to semi colonize the area he set off to catch the trade winds to take him across the Pacific.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 11: Eventually he rounded the Cape of Good Hope and on September 26th 1580 he made landfall in Plymouth with a cargo of treasure and spices.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 15: In September of 1581 he became a member of Parliament.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 17: It was these acts that prompted Philip to order the invasion of England.
Sir Francis Drake Fact 18: Drake became Vice Admiral of the English fleet. Having pursued the Spanish up the English Channel as dark fell, Drake’s vessel had been the one carrying a lantern for the English ships to follow. In order to capture one of the Spanish vessels, known to be carry funds being transported to pay for soldiers waiting in the Low Countries to assist Spain in the invasion, Drake extinguished his lantern, putting the fleet in chaos but managing to capture the vessel he had pursued.
Influence and Legacy: There are various legendary stories that have built up around what may or may not have happened to Drake. The burying of treasure has led to various rumors of the years and as far as him playing bowls on the eve of the Spanish invasion, it is thought that perhaps, because the weather conditions were so bad at the time, he was actually unable to take to his ship and it was suggested he was otherwise occupied.
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