Francis Drake – Part 5 – Across the Pacific and Home

Bronze statue of Drake in Tavistock. By Joseph Boehm, 1883.

In part 5 of our series on Francis Drake, the English explorer sets out from modern-day California towards Asia.

Drake will reach the fabled Spice Islands, and then head west – rounding the southern tip of Africa – and head home to England.

In doing so, he will become only the second person to circumnavigate the globe.

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 1

Nellie BlyIn 1889, a New York journalist, Nellie Bly, at the behest of her newspaper, the New York World, began a journey to civrcumnativage the globe. Her goal was to best Phileas Fogg – the hero of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Little did she know that a rival publication would send their own reporter on a similar journey – only heading in the opposite direction – setting up a dramatic race that would capture the attention of the world.

The Following is a rough map of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, which started in New York City. Not all the stops are included – and the route is an approximation. But it should give you a basic idea of Bly’s route.

Nellie Bly's Route

Photo of Nellie Bly is courtesy of Wikipedia.