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Sir Francis Drake

english spanish destroyed fleet

Drake, Sir Francis (1543–96), English admiral, the first English explorer to sail around the world (1577–80). During his circumnavigation aboard the Golden Hind, Drake seized a fortune in booty from Spanish settlements along the South American Pacific coast. He was knighted on his return by Queen Elizabeth I. In 1587 he destroyed a large part of the Spanish fleet at anchor in Cadiz harbor. The following year he was joint commander of the English fleet that, with the help of a storm, dis-persed and destroyed the Spanish Armada (1588).

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