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

The Spanish Armada

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.

Resources for this series

There were lots and lots of places I pulled information from for this series on Drake. Here’s a few of the key ones I used.

There are quite a few biographies of Drake, but John Sugden’s “Sir Francis Drake” was my favorite.

Another biography of Drake that I found useful was Julian Corbert’s “Sir Francis Drake“. The book is dated (published in 1911), but still interesting. It can be read for free online.

Wikipedia – Lots of info to be found, including links to all the appropriate side subjects (the Spanish Armada, Queen Elizabeth, King Phillip, etc.)

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

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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.