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Sir Francis Drake

 
 
Sir Francis Drake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
1. Sir Francis Drake Marker
Inscription.
Sir Francis Drake
1540 – 28th January 1596

Sir Francis Drake was a 16th century explorer, privateer and English National Hero who has inspired countless generations around the world. He was the first English captain to circumnavigate the globe and played a vital role in the defence of England against the Spanish Armada in 1588. His daring exploits contributed to England's growth as a major sea power, leading to a great age of naval supremacy.

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 behest of the Queen, led a daring pre-emptive strike dubbed "the singeing of the King of Spain's beard". The
Sir Francis Drake Marker and the Golden Hind image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
2. Sir Francis Drake Marker and the Golden Hind
thunderclap destruction of many Spanish vessels in their own port at Cádiz set the Spanish campaign back at least a year. When the enemy armada eventually entered the channel in 1588 Drake was in command of thirty- eight vessels in the English fleet. During the ensuing battle his controversial but decisive actions aided an historic victory for England and humiliation for Philip II of Spain.

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.
 
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. Touch for map. Located next to the Golden Hind at St Mary Overie Dock. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Southwark, England SE1 9DG, United Kingdom.
 
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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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