The spanish would view these captainsfleets as

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The Spanish would view these captains/fleets as pirates (or “Seadogs”) and treated them as suchFrancis Drake (1540-1596)oLeads 3 expeditions on the Spanish main between 1570 and 1573Fleet consists of 3 very small ships
The first expedition consists of reconnaissance, trying to size up the Spanish forcesThe Second Expidition is more fruitfulTeams up with Huguenot pirates and conducts raids throughout theSpanish mainReturns home with richesFame grows and he is now widely considered the best privateering captainGains the funds for a 3rdexpedition3rdExpidition is a “Mixed Bag”Fails in his first attack on the Spanish MainoDrake is wounded in the leg and is forced to withdrawTries to intercept a Spanish gold mule train with the assistance of the Huguenots pirate captainoEnd up being successfuloCapture 15 tons of silver as well as a smaller amount of goldoIt is too much for them to carry so they are forced to bury the silver and take the gold back to their shipsoSpanish patrol captures the Huguenot pirate captain and they are executed – but not before they are tortured into revealing where they have hidden the silverSpanish thus take it backDrake returns to Plymouth with a small profit of goldStill very much a celebrityoDrake’s secret voyage in 1577 – Crown Sponsored “Scientific Expedition” into the Pacific OceanDescribed as a scientific expedition to keep it secretElizabeth funds the venture but it is still unofficiallyDrakes secret voyage (1577-1580):Departs Plymouth with 5 ships and heads southTwo of the ships are badly damaged at the outset and Drake is forced to abandon themGolden Hind – renamed one of the ships the Golden HindoOne of the surviving ships is renamedoBecomes closely associated with DrakeLoses a third ship sailing around Cape HornThe last two ships subsequently become separatedThe other ship (NOT the Golden Hind) moves up the Peruvian Coast before assuming that they are lost and returning homeoArrives home in England where they’re arrested for piracy for a short time because of their attacks on Portuguese vessels
Drake is pushed South and captures Spanish ships, does not gain much BUT does secure some important information about the arrival of a treasure ship to PanamaMarch, 1579Drake captures Manila treasure shipNeustra Senora de la Concepcion = name of the captured treasure shipDrake’s Take = 200,000 pounds in Elizabethan England = $72 M USDoRepresents about half of the annual income of the English Crown in one shipoMakes it one of the most, if not THE MOST, lucrative pirate attack in recorded historyCircumnavigation (following the capture of the treasure ship)Eventually Drake’s crew circumnavigates and sails around the worldSuccessfully navigates its way around the worldReturns home where he is knighted – becomes a huge celebrity

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