The Drake Jewel given to Sir Francis Drake by Elizabeth I probably in the year 1586. Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Drake Jewel given to Sir Francis Drake by Elizabeth I probably in the year 1586. Victoria and Albert Museum.

In 1577, Drake was secretly commissioned by Elizabeth I to set off on an expedition against the Spanish colonies on the American Pacific coa...

In 1577, Drake was secretly commissioned by Elizabeth I to set off on an expedition against the Spanish colonies on the American Pacific coa...

Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), a legendary explorer for Queen Elizabeth I and a bit of a pirate....ahem, privateer... gathering a fantastic amount of booty-the old fashioned kind-from the Spanish.  He also circumnavigated the globe, third after Magellan and some guy I'd never heardof-García Jofre de Loaísa.  See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_circumnavigations

Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), a legendary explorer for Queen Elizabeth I and a bit of a pirate....ahem, privateer... gathering a fantastic amount of booty-the old fashioned kind-from the Spanish. He also circumnavigated the globe, third after Magellan and some guy I'd never heardof-García Jofre de Loaísa. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_circumnavigations

Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

The Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drakes historic sailing ship replica under full sail, off the US west coast at sunrise, commemorating Drake's around the world (1577-1580) Voyage of Discovery, property released,.  COPYRIGHT:Joel Rogers

The Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drakes historic sailing ship replica under full sail, off the US west coast at sunrise, commemorating Drake's around the world (1577-1580) Voyage of Discovery, property released,. COPYRIGHT:Joel Rogers

Sir Francis Drake's ship, The Golden Hind: world encompassed by the above

Sir Francis Drake's ship, The Golden Hind: world encompassed by the above

The replica of Sir Francis Drake's English galleon GOLDEN HIND. She was originally named Pelican but he changed the to Golden Hind, mid-voyage, in 1568 to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Patton.

The replica of Sir Francis Drake's English galleon GOLDEN HIND. She was originally named Pelican but he changed the to Golden Hind, mid-voyage, in 1568 to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Patton.

Traveling through history of Art...Portrait of Lady Hillingdon, detail, by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, 1904.

Traveling through history of Art...Portrait of Lady Hillingdon, detail, by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, 1904.

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