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