Sir Francis Drake was an early explorer who was most famous for his piracy against the Spanish ships. He was born sometime between 1540 and 1544 in Devonshire, England. He was born the son of a tenant farmer and later was brough tup by his relatives who were merchants andprivateers. He first went to sea at the age of eighteen with his relatives. Soon, he was granted command of his own ship.Drake and one of his relatives sailed to Africa to take part in the slave trade. They took their prisoners from Africa and sailed to Spain in order to sell their captives as slaves there. This went against the Spanish law and they were attacked. His crew was held in Spain and many of them died there. However, Drake and his relative escaped and returned to Spain, leaving Drake with an extreme hated for Spain. Sir Francis Drake led voyages to the West Indies that were very successful and brought his name significance to the Queen. She made him a privateer and allowed him to pirate Spanish ports. Because of his hatred for Spain, this excited him.