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Sea dogs of the 1500 and 1600s worked for queen Elizabeth robbing and pillaging the Spaniards Over this period of 200 years many shipments of gold and treasure were stolen from Spanish ships while they were sailing from port to port on the Spanish main In one attack the infamous Francis Drake surprised and attacked a heavily laden string of 200 mules The booty that Drake captured in this attack included 30 tons of heavy silver ingots Cochran 28 There were many different and obscure English privateers who pirated against the Spanish but only three of them live on now through their heroic tales The three most well known sea dogs include John Hawkins Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake Drake was by far the most popular of all the sea dogs It is said that he accumulated the most wealth of anyone in the pirating business Wood 102 Sir Walter Raleigh was another sea dog but he didnt prove to be as successful Cochran 32 Another pirate during the Middle Ages was John Hawkins He robbed the Spaniards of slaves and riches Cochran 26 Together these three men were accountable for what would be worth millions and millions of dollars being converted from Spanish hands to English These three sea dogs were not just part time pirates though Pirating was their main job William Wood stated that Spaniards they were only naval amateurs compared with the trained professional sea dogs Drake alone was responsible for over 150 attempted or successful attacks on Spanish treasure ships Howarth 105 Drake also accomplished something that only a select few George Bush are able to do he was knighted One reason many believe he was knighted though was not because of heroics but because a fair share of the immense booty he brought back to England passed quietly into royal hands Cochran 29 Hawkins and Raleigh also accomplished many
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