Sir Francis Drake: Great Britain's Early Circumnavigators

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Sir Francis Drake is the most well-known of Great Britain’s early circumnavigators. Born to a farmer, he would later be considered the most distinguished seamen of the era. In his late thirties, and after he served on one of the ships belonging to his cousin’s family, the Hawkins, he and his cousin would be attacked by the Spanish. Hawkins’ ship had been badly damaged following a hurricane and Drake and Hawkins had to go to port in order to repair their ship. Drake and Hawkins would be betrayed by a Spanish viceroy who attacked them after having made a deal not to. Drake and Hawkins barely escaped back to England, where Drake’s hatred of the Spanish grew and he eventually started raiding Spanish ships and ports. After Drake successfully raided
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