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Francis DRAKE

English Francis DRAKE

English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: in 1540 in Tavistock, Devon, England
Died: on January 27, 1596 in Portobelo, Colón, Panama


Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England. Although Drake's birth is not formally recorded, it is known that he was born while the Six Articles were in force. "Drake was two and twenty when he obtained the command of the Judith" (1566). This would date his birth to 1544. A date of c.1540 is suggested from two portraits: one a miniature painted by Nicholas Hilliard in 1581 when he was allegedly 42, the other painted in 1594 when he was said to be 53.

He was the eldest of the twelve sons of Edmund Drake (1518–1585), a Protestant farmer, and his wife Mary Mylwaye. The first son was reportedly named after his godfather Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford.

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- Category Privateer, pirate, British Politician