December 13 1577 – Sir Francis Drake Begins His Round-the-World Expedition

December 13 1577 – Sir Francis Drake Begins His Round-the-World Expedition5 (100%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Some five years after striking out on his own as a privateer in the Caribbean Sea, Francis Drake received the commission which would make him famous: Queen Elizabeth I hired him to become the first Englishman to sail around the world. On December 13, 1577, he set sail from Plymouth with a five-ship flotilla on the dangerous path that killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan 50 years earlier. Drake began his life on the high seas in his early twenties, traveling as part of the crew for Sir John Hawkins. Helping his cousin […]