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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Sir Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake Francis Drake was an experienced and daring seafarer. Among many adventures, the 'famous voyage' circumnavigation of the world between 1577 and 1580 ensured that he would be one of the best remembered figures of T own lifetime, he was thought of with mixed feelings, both at home and abroad. Some English people regarded him as a h by others, who saw him as having risen 'above his station'. Although he was feared and hated by the Spanish, he was als secret admiration. What was England like at the time of Drake? For most of Drake's life, Queen Elizabeth I ruled the coun England was growing in population, power and wealth, and was also becoming more outward looking. New markets and so that English produce, especially wool, could be traded. England was also keen to gain from the huge profits to be mad of the Americas and from the Eastern spice trade, as Spain and Portugal were already doing. It was a time when religion to people, especially the question of whether England was to be a Protestant or a Catholic country. Arguments about relig England was at war with Spain for much of Drake's life. Where was Francis Drake born? Francis Drake was born in Tavis between 1541 and 1543. What sort of family did he come from? A very ordinary family, certainly not rich or powerful. His religious one. When Francis was still a small boy, the Catholic Queen Mary came to the throne, and there were religious d The family left, and moved to Chatham in Kent where for a time they lived on an old, laid-up ship. Drake's father became These early experiences had a profound effect on the young Francis. The Protestant religion was to be one of the most im throughout his life. On his voyage around the world he led religious services on board ship twice a day. When did Drake f started going to sea while living in Chatham, at the age of twelve or thirteen. He was an apprentice on a small trading ship when the master died. After selling this ship, he returned to Devon and sailed with his relative John Hawkins. Together, H the first English slaving voyages, bringing African slaves to work in the 'New World'. Did Francis Drake marry? Yes. He mthe first English slaving voyages, bringing African slaves to work in the 'New World'....
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Chumchal during the Spring '08 term at Blinn College.
- Spring '08