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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