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DiedJanuary 27, 1596, Portobelo, Colón, Portobelo District, Panama
SpouseElizabeth Sydenham, Mary Newman

Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England on January 1540. His father, Edmund Drake, was a Protestant minister. His mother, Mary Mylwaye, was the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Francis Drake had four sisters: Mary, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Anne. His father died when he was eighteen years old, and his mother remarried soon after.

Drake was educated at the local grammar school in Tavistock. He left school at the age of fifteen to become an apprentice on a ship. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a captain by the age of twenty-three.

In 1563, Drake set sail on his first voyage to the Americas. He made stops in the Caribbean and South America before returning to England in 1564. The following year, he made another voyage to the Americas. This time he explored the coast of California.

In 1577, Drake set out on a voyage around the world. He sailed south around the tip of South America and then north up the coast of North America. He continued west across the Pacific Ocean and eventually made it back to England in 1580.

Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581. He continued to make voyages to the Americas and also led an expedition against the Spanish city of Cadiz in 1587.

Drake died of dysentery in January 1596 while on a voyage to the West Indies.

At the time of his death, Drake was worth an estimated £47 million (equivalent to £8 billion today). He was one of the richest men in England.

Drake never married or had any children.

General Info

Full NameFrancis Drake
DiedJanuary 27, 1596, Portobelo, Colón, Portobelo District, Panama
ProfessionSailor, Engineer, Politician, Buccaneer


SpouseElizabeth Sydenham, Mary Newman
ParentsEdmund Drake, Mary Mylwaye Drake
SiblingsJoseph Drake, Thomas Drake, Edward Drake, John Drake

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Bullseye!1990Rabbi Blum
First Among Equals1986TV Mini-SeriesMr. Clarke
Haunted Honeymoon1986Reporter
The American Way1986Farmer
Death Wish 31985Charley
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1954TV SeriesMarsden
The Twelve Pound Look1953TV ShortTombes
Asmodée1952TV MovieJacques

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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