London Borough of Southwark in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
Sir Francis Drake
1540 – 28th January 1596
In 1577, after a secret meeting with her Majesty the Queen, he set off on his most famous voyage, an expedition into the Pacific waters to explore Spanish held territories, which resulted in the first circumnavigation of the globe by an English captain. The vast treasures he brought back, taken from the Spanish, wrote off the English national debt and made Drake one of the richest men in England. He was knighted for his efforts by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581.
You must strike your sails in the name of the Queen of England!
Francis Drake to the captain of the Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, 1st March 1579
In 1587, with rising tensions overseas and rumours of a planned Spanish invasion, Drake, at the
In the following years Drake was relied upon by Queen Elizabeth to defend her borders and to take the fight to the enemy. He longed for exploration and adventure and in 1595 he persuaded the Queen to allow himself and John Hawkins to lead another expedition to the West Indies, to "offend our capital enemy the King of Spain" The voyage was a disaster and disease soon ravaged the crew. On 28 January 1596 Sir Francis Drake died of dysentery and was buried at sea in a lead coffin off the coast of Puerto Bello, Panama. It is said though that if England is in great peril Drake's Drum will sound again, calling our great national hero to defend these shores.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 51° 30.414′ N, 0° 5.426′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Southwark, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cathedral Street and Montague Close, on the right when traveling north. Located next to the Golden Hind at St Mary Overie Dock. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Southwark, England SE1 9DG, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Queen Elizabeth I (here, next to this marker); The Legend of Mary Overie (a few steps from this marker); Old Thameside Inn (a few steps from this marker); St. Saviour’s Southwark Private Property (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary Overie’s Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jubilee Walkway – Southwark (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Thameside Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Winchester Palace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Southwark.
Also see . . .
1. Francis Drake on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. The Golden Hinde website. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.