Sir Francis Drake

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Sir Francis DrakeSir Francis Drake, was an English vice-admiral, born in Devon about 1540. He was a privateer, navigator and politician during the Elizabethan era. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. In 1581 Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood. He died in 1596.

Here is a list of websites about Drake and his life that will help with studies or projects based around Explorers and Discoverers.

Ducksters Explorers – Gives a brief overview of Drake’s life.

The National Maritime Museum – Share lessons plans and resources for teachers.

Vimeo Explores – What kind of man was Francis Drake? Fictional seafarer Dan Pew tells stories of his adventures on the high seas with the famous Drake aboard the ‘Golden Hinde’.”

History of Sir Francis Drake’s Life  – At the History Learning Site.

Zoom Explorers – There is a small but probably useful map overview of Drake’s Route at this site.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica – Has a couple of very good maps of the routes, both Drake and Magellan.

There is also a three-minute video about his life at

BBC History – Has an archived biography of Sir Francis Drake.

The National Maritime Museum – Has lots of information about England at the time of Drake’s and about his role in the country.

Sir Francis Drake – There are lots of pages here, they may be interesting if anyone is researching Drake as part of a project.  They are quite in-depth and there are some quite comical, even fake episodes. Good readers will be needed to cope with these pages.

The Golden Hind –  There is a short video here that may be used as an introduction to the topic. In these pages, even though they are designed to go with a school visit, there is lots if very useful information.

Sir Francis Drake  – with its Interesting Facts  page, it is a fairly easy reading account, perhaps created in a school, split into easy to access sections.

3D History – There is a great animation at this site which includes an embed code for your website.