Sir Francis Drake by Peter WhitfieldSir Francis Drake by Peter Whitfield

Sir Francis Drake

byPeter Whitfield

Hardcover | October 1, 2004

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Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596) assured his place in history when, in his lone ship the Golden Hind, he sailed the Pacific to become the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Drake the man, however, is an enigma and relatively little is known about his personal life. Historians today have struggled to reconcile the heroic legend with the facts, which show that Drake achieved his status almost exclusively through acts of theft, piracy, and aggression.

Drake, who championed England's Protestant queen, used courage and seamanship to gain wealth and fame, and in doing so helped establish England's maritime empire. Yet, after his Armada success, the accomplished lone privateer rarely functioned effectively as part of a larger force, and he fell from royal favor, ending his days feeling cursed.In this new biography, Peter Whitfield, a leading expert in exploration and map history, examines this dilemma to shed light on Drake the man and the legend. Illustrated throughout with original documents, maps and portraits, this biography offers an accessible and highly readable account of one of the greatest explorers of all time.

Title:Sir Francis DrakeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.81 inPublished:October 1, 2004Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814794033

ISBN - 13:9780814794036

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"Cartographic historian Whitfield indicates that the 19th- and 20th-century romanticizing of Sir Francis Drake is well off the mark. Though compact, this is an exciting and wholly convincing interpretation of an important British figure. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries."

-Library Journal,