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Facts about Francis Drake For Kids

Francis Drake was a Vice Admiral and Navigator who carried out the second circumnavigation of the world, from 1577 to 1580. The most renowned seaman of the Elizabethan era, he also helped defeat the Spanish Armada.

Died: January 28, 1596
Cause of Death: Dysentery

Historical Events in his Life

  • 1573 Francis Drake’s fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure
  • 1577 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
  • 1577 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world
  • 1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it “New Albion”
  • 1579 Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean
  • 1581 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
  • 1590 English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag