Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate / Edition 1

Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate / Edition 1

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by Harry Kelsey
     
 

In this lively and engaging new biography, Harry Kelsey shatters the familiar image of Sir Francis Drake. The Drake of legend was a pious, brave, and just seaman who initiated the move to make England a great naval power and whose acts of pirac against his country's enemies earned him a knighthood for patriotism. Kelsey paints a different and far more interesting… See more details below

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In this lively and engaging new biography, Harry Kelsey shatters the familiar image of Sir Francis Drake. The Drake of legend was a pious, brave, and just seaman who initiated the move to make England a great naval power and whose acts of pirac against his country's enemies earned him a knighthood for patriotism. Kelsey paints a different and far more interesting picture of Drake as an amoral privateer at least as interested in lining his pockets with Spanish booty as in forwarding the political goals of his country, a man who became a captain general of the English navy but never waged traditional warfare with any success.

Drawing on much new evidence, Kelsey describes Drake's early life as the son of a poor family in sixteenth-century England. He explains how Drake dabbled in piracy, gained modest success as a merchant, and then took advantage of the hostility between Spain and England to embark on a series of daring pirate raids on undefended Spanish ships and ports, preempting Spanish demands for punishment by sharing much of the his booty with the Queen and her councillors. Elizabeth I liked Drake because he was a charming rogue, and she made him an integral part of her war plans against Spain and its armada, but she quickly learned not to trust him with an important command: he was unable to handle a large fleet, was suspicious almost to the point of paranoia, and had no understanding of personal loyalty. For Drake, the mark of success was to amass great wealth---preferably by taking it from someone else---and the primary purpose of warfare was to afford him the opportunity to accomplish this.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071825
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Renaissance in Europe Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,461,689
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
List of Maps and Plansix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxv
I LOOMINGS
ONE From Tavistock to Plymouth3
TWO Learning to Be a Pirate11
THREE Raids on the Spanish Main40
FOUR The Successful Merchant68
II AROUND THE WORLD
FIVE Plymouth to Cape Horn93
SIX Cape Horn to Guatulco137
SEVEN Guatulco to the Pacific and Home172
III A PIRATE AND A GENTLEMAN
EIGHT Honors and Riches207
NINE Raid on the West Indies240
TEN Raid on Cadiz280
ELEVEN Defeat of the Spanish Armada305
TWELVE Expedition to Lisbon341
IV A PIRATE'S LEGACY
THIRTEEN The Last Voyage367
FOURTEEN The Drake Legend392
Appendixes401
Notes423
Bibliography523
Index545
ILLUSTRATIONS
Tavistock Abbeyxvii
Drake's boyhood home5
Fort at San Juan de Ulua37
A True Declaration38
View of Plymouth69
The Cacafuego159
The Plate of Brass189
Drake's ship at Ternate199
Drake's anchorage in Java203
A Discourse226
Buckland Abbey221
Drake's coat of arms223
Portrait of Drake (van Sype)226
Santo Domingo260
Cartagena266
San Agustin275
Expeditio Francisci Draki281
Portrait of Drake (Rabel)286
Drake letter to Privy Council312
Capture of the Nuestra Senora del Rosario326
Pedro Coco Calderon letter329
Drake letter to Walsingham338
Portrait of Dom Antonio344
A True Coppie of a Discourse354
Two volumes published by Drake's nephew369
Maynarde letter380
Drake's will381
Sketch of the coast at Porto Bello390
Portrait of Drake (Holland)396
Portrait of John Hawkins398
MAPS AND PLANS
Crowndale and vicinity2
Crowndale farm4
Roads from Crowndale to Petertavy8
Ports and Coasts where young Francis Drake sailed with
the Hawkins family14
Hawkins voyages in the Canary Islands15
Hawkins and Lovell in the West Indies18
Returns of Hawkins and Drake41
Drake in Panama, 157147
Drake's raids in the Caribbean52
Drake in Panama, 1572-7358
Drake's service in Ireland73
Drake's route along the coast of Africa94
Drake's route through the Cape Verde Islands96
Drake's first landfalls on the coast of Brazil101
Anchorage at the Rio de la Plata102
Drake anchorages, May-August 1578103
Drake's route to the Strait of Magellan114
Drake's route through the Strait of Magellan117
Strait of Magellan (Cavendish)118
West coast of South America (Olives)121
Strait of Magellan (Fletcher)131
Strait of Magellan (Hondius)133
Drake's route south of the Strait of Magellan134
From the Strait of Magellan to the Island of Mocha139
Raids along the central coast of Chile141
Raids along the northern coast of Chile144
Raids on the desert ports of northern Chile147
Raids on the southern coast of Peru150
Raids along the coasts of Peru and Ecuador154
From Ecuador to Guatulco163
California and the Strait of Anian (Gastaldi)173
Drake's route on the Hondius Map180
Drake's route on the van Sype Map181
Portus Novae Albionis (Hondius)184
Puerto de Acapulco (Ringrose)185
Harbor at Acapulco (Ringrose)186
Drake's route across the Pacific (Hondius)193
Drake's route through the South Pacific195
From the Pacific to the Indian Ocean197
La Herdike Interprinse (van Sype)212-13
Fortifications at Plymouth228
Drake's raid on Vigo246
Harbor at Vigo and Bayona247
Route along the coast of Africa, 1585251
Canary Islands visited by Drake251
Raid on the Cape Verde Islands254
Raid in the West Indies258
Cruise along the coast of Cuba273
Florida and Roanoke276
Operations in Spain and Portugal290
Boroughs map of the Cadiz raid293
Raids in Spain and the Azores, 1587296
English ports on the route of the Spanish Armada307
Fleet movements, May and June 1588322
Armada battles327
Battle of Gravelines335
Expedition of Drake and Norris349
Attack on La Coruna351
Attack on Lisbon356
Drake and Hawkins in the West Indies, 1595-96383
San Juan, Puerto Rico384
Upchurch and the River Medway402

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