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Sir Francis Drake
     

Sir Francis Drake

by William W. Lace
 

Rising from humble beginnings as a farmer's son, Sir Francis Drake became one of England's most widely acclaimed heroes. On his first voyage to the New World, Drake developed a lifelong grudge against the Spanish during a hostile encounter. Fueled by revenge, Drake's reputation and wealth grew as he raided Spanish ships in the Caribbean. The seafarer's

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Rising from humble beginnings as a farmer's son, Sir Francis Drake became one of England's most widely acclaimed heroes. On his first voyage to the New World, Drake developed a lifelong grudge against the Spanish during a hostile encounter. Fueled by revenge, Drake's reputation and wealth grew as he raided Spanish ships in the Caribbean. The seafarer's accomplishments, however, were not only based in piracy; as an explorer, he was the first Englishman ever to sail his own ship around the world. His voyage ranged along the western coast of the Americas, from Cape Horn to the Pacific Northwest. His career opened the way for more exploration by the English and was part of the foundation of British naval power. Sir Francis Drake explores the life and exploits of one of the most accomplished pirates in history.

Great Explorers tells the stories of some of the world's most influential figures whose quest for gold, land, and knowledge changed the course of history and created the modern globe. These books are a key resource to help students understand the stages of European exploration amid international rivalries.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The information in this series on well-known and oft-written-about explorers is not necessarily new but it is presented in such a way as to attract and maintain readers' interest. Each title opens with a glimpse into a particularly thrilling or critical moment in the man's life, and then the chapters unfold chronologically. The explorers' triumphs and foibles are described in keen detail, with the common factors in their stories being the descriptions of the subjects' unending desire to see the world, do something no one else had done, and their unfailing determination. With a full complement of maps, photographs (where available), illustrations, time lines, and document reproductions, a full story is told. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this series will make a solid addition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604134179
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Chelsea House Great Explorers Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,238,821
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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