The Life, Voyages, and Exploits of Admiral Sir Francis Drake, Knt: With Numerous Original Letters from Him and the Lord High Admiral to the Queen and Great Officers of State

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J. Murray, 1843 - Всего страниц: 428
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Francis Drake was among the most successful explorers and naval officers of England in the Elizabethan era, successfully circumnavigating the globe and emerging victorious against the Spanish Armada.

This biography discusses the most notable accomplishments of Francis Drake, and the role he assumed on voyages around the world. Although the numerous successes he enjoyed on his daring expeditions gained him plaudits in his native England, for the Spanish he was considered a ruthless and menacing pirate for his coastal raids upon settlements. Between 1577 and 1580 Drake succeeded in circumnavigating the world on a single voyage, an achievement which symbolized the growing naval prowess of his nation.

A lengthy, blow-by-blow account of the battle with the Spanish Armada spans some three chapters of this text. Feared for its sheer numbers and tonnage, Spain's enormous fleet proved to be unwieldy in battle: novel tactics, such as England's use of ships set aflame and driven toward the enemy's tightly-packed vessels, drove the Armada off. However, as this biography notes, the victory was also thanks to the levelheadedness of Drake and his fellow commanders.

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EXPEDITION OF HAWKINS TO THE WEST INDIES
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CHAPTER II
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CHAPTER III
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