He was buried at sea, supposedly in a lead coffin. Edmund fled his native county after arraignment for assault and robbery in The claim that he was a refugee from Roman Catholic persecution was a later pious fiction. When Drake was about 18, he enlisted in the Hawkins family fleet, which prowled for shipping to plunder or seize off the French coast.
By the early s, he had graduated to the African trade, in which the Hawkins family had an increasing interest, and by he had command of his own ship on a Hawkins venture of illicit slave-trading in the Spanish colonies of the Caribbean. Drake escaped during the attack and returned to England in command of a small vessel, the Judith , with an even greater determination to have his revenge upon Spain and the Spanish king, Philip II.
Although the expedition was a financial failure, it brought Drake to the attention of Queen Elizabeth I , who had herself invested in the slave-trading venture. He was nothing if not ambitious, for his aim was to capture the important town of Nombre de Dios, Pan.
Although Drake was wounded in the attack, which failed, he and his men managed to get away with a great deal of plunder by successfully attacking a silver-bearing mule train. In the interval between these episodes, he crossed the Isthmus of Panama.
Standing on a high ridge of land, he first saw the Pacific , that ocean hitherto barred to all but Spanish ships. Drake saw that the time was inauspicious and sailed with a small squadron to Ireland, where he served under the earl of Essex and took part in a notorious massacre in July North End. Der Panther I. Der Panther III. Der Panther II. A Walk in the Woods. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.
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Diego, given his previous experience of South America and proximity to Drake, may have known the truth. He could pass as a slave and spy on the Spanish. And should Drake wish to ally with the Cimarrons, Diego could once again be the go-between. History remembers Sir Francis Drake as the first English explorer to circumnavigate the globe, but no images remain of Diego, the escaped African slave who became his interpreter and right-hand man.
Drake then began seizing Spanish and Portuguese shipping off the West African coast. Having crossed the Atlantic, the fleet reached Brazil in April , then sailed south along the coast of South America before crossing the Magellan straits.
By the time Drake rounded Cape Horn in the Pelican, his was the only ship remaining. On 25 November , just over a year after leaving Plymouth, Drake and his crew landed on Mocha Isle, off the coast of Chile. They were desperate for fresh water, firewood and food after their difficult passage across the straits.
Using sign language, the English asked for drinking water. Their hosts told them to return the next day.Jun 08, · Conquest of the Seven Seas – Sir Francis Drake (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Licensed to YouTube by CD Baby (on behalf of Lurrex Records); CD .