Sir Francis Drake.This early and distinguished circumnavigator, one of the most celebrated heroes who flourished in the brilliant reign of Queen Elizabeth, was born in the year 1545, near the town of Tavistock, in the county of Devon...After rendering to his country the most eminent service as well by his bravery as by his skill; and while still busily engaged in promoting it's welfare, he died in the West Indies, on board his own ship. about the beginning of 1596, being in his fifty-first year.
Printed by Harrison & Co. Oct.r 1.1794.
Engraving and letterpress. Plate of image 70 x 64mm (2¾ x 2½"); printed area 190 x 89mm (7½ x 3½"). Repaired worm hole.
Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) the most famous of all English seafarers. Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandindingly successful piracy. His circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-81 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. His increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philip II's decision to launch the Armada against English in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada.
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