Sir Francis Drake

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Sir Francis Drake (c.1540-1596)
Known for being the first Englishman to circumvent the globe in 1580 after a harrowing voyage, Drake was a skillful navigator and also a pirate. He was knighted after returning home to England following the completion of his round-the-world feat. In the years afterward, Drake sailed to the Spanish Indies and America. As vice-admiral in 1588, he participated in tormenting the Spanish Armada. Death came to Drake while on an expedition to the West Indies.