Sir Francis Drake in the New World: 1577-1580

Sir Francis Drake at Buckland Abbey, DevonSir Francis Drake in the New World: 1577-1580

C. Lankins, Katherine

Senior Seminar Paper, Western Oregon University, June 3 (2009)


Eighty six years after Spain had claimed the New World for themselves an English Privateer by the name of Francis Drake was becoming a thorn in their side. Called El Draque by the Spaniards, they hated to see him in their ports. His enthusiasm for damaging Spain overseas may have arisen from a hatred by Protestants of Catholics in Elizabethan England, or from his voyage to Nombre de Dios in 1572 Spanish Armada 2where he lost two brothers, John and Joeseph1. After years of terrorizing the Spanish in the Caribbean, in 1577 Drake left England for the South Sea, now known as the Pacific Ocean. It is unclear as to the exact reason for the voyage. Drake was one in a line of many Englishmen who had raided Spanish ports in the New World trying to take some of the rich resources for themselves. He inspired many more sailors, merchantmen, and explorers to go beyond what was already known, to carve out a place in the New World for England, hoping to get as rich as the Spaniards.


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