On this day in 1577, Sir Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England, beginning a nearly 3 year journey around the world. In honor of that accomplishment, today's installment is:
Thirteen Things about Sir Francis Drake.
1. He was born in Tavistock, Devon, England around 1540 to Edmund and Mary Mylwaye Drake.
2. He was the oldest of five children.
3. Even though his father was merely a tenant farmer, his godfather was the Earl of Bedford.
4. He went to sea for the first time at age 13 on a cargo barque.
5. By age 20, he was master of the ship.
6. His first voyage to the New World took place when he was 23. He sailed with his cousins, the Hawkins family from Plymouth, England.
7. Around 1563, he and his uncle became the first Englishmen to become involved in the slave trade even though it was illegal in England at the time.
8. In 1573, during an expedition/raid in what is now Panama, he became the first Englishman to see the Pacific Ocean when he climbed a tree in the mountains and spied it from his perch.
9. In 1577, he was tasked by Queen Elizabeth to head an expedition against the Spanish along the Pacific Coast of the Americas. This was the beginning of his voyage around the world.
10. On September 26, 1580, he sailed back into Plymouth and became a national hero.
11. He was knighted by the Queen the next year for his accomplishments.
12. When war broke out between England and Spain in 1585, he became a privateer for the Crown.
13. Sir Francis Drake died on January 27, 1596.
Today's question: Where is Sir Francis Drake buried?
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