Francis Drake

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Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) was an English privateer, navigator, naval hero, politician and civil engineer of the Elizabethan period.

He was the first English man to circumnavigate the globe. In the wake of his attack on Cadiz and his exploits in the Caribbean, the Spanish Main, Drake earned the nickname El Draque, "The Dragon".

Drake commanded the English fleet when, although heavily outnumbered and outgunned, but aided by some spectacularly bad weather, they overcame the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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