Francis Drake – Part 6 – The Spanish Armada and Final Years

In our sixth - and final episode - we cover the years of 1581-1595 in the life of Francis Drake. It is an action-packed episode, with a focus on Drake's raid of Spain (called 'The singeing of the King of Spain's beard'), the Spanish Armada, and two more expeditions to the New World. Listen to … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 6 – The Spanish Armada and Final Years

Francis Drake – Part 5 – Across the Pacific and Home

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 … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 5 – Across the Pacific and Home

Francis Drake – Part 4 – War in the Pacific

In part 4 in our series, Francis Drake will lead his fleet into the Strait of Magellan. After surviving more than 50 days of storms, he will then proceed to attack Spanish shipping on the western coast of the Americas - capturing the greatest prize in English history. Listen to this episode online. Download this … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 4 – War in the Pacific

Francis Drake – Part 2 – Terror of the Spanish Main

In part 2 of our series on Francis Drake, we cover the three expeditions Drake led to the Caribbean. The three voyages would make Drake one of the most hated men in the Spanish Empire - and a hero in England. The final voyage will conclude with Drake's daring attack on the Spanish Treasure Caravan … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 2 – Terror of the Spanish Main