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Sir Francis Drake Francis Drake was born sometime between 1540 and 1545 on a farm near Tavistock in Devon a country in southwest England Drake was born to his father Edmond who was a sailor and married woman of the Mylwaye whose first name was lost to history Despite not knowing her name we know that she had 12 children that survived through there infancy Francis was the first born or at least the first to survive Francis was born during a time of a religious revolution Led by the German monk Martin Luther his new religious party the Protestant Reformation rebelled against the catholic churches The churches back then were corrupted and granted penance for your sins at a price Martin Luther saw this as wrong and placed flyers on the posting of their wrong doings and thus began the Protestant Reformation Drake was a young man when his family was driven from their house in Devon when a mob a Catholics came and forced them out After this incident he moved to Plymouth and married a woman there by the name of Mary Newman on July 4 1569 With the blessing of Queen Elizabeth Francis Drake set out on his trip around the world in 1577 the journey that he is most remembered for On his circumnavigation of the world Drake captured many of King Philips cities and held them for ransom During his occupation of these towns he would have his crew dismember the town brick by brick and when he received the ransom he would burn the rest of the town down His journey led him down south of Africa and then to the north of Australia From there he traveled north up to the area of present-day Alaska and then followed the coast down south of South America and came back up across the Atlantic Ocean to England After a 3-year voyage Francis Drake returned to England with
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