The Age Of Exploration By Sir Francis Drake Essay
There are no known records of Drake’s birth, so it is assumed he was born between 1540 and 1544. He was born in Devonshire as the oldest of 12 siblings. He began his early career as an apprentice to a merchant who traded goods from England to France. Shortly after, he was recruited by his relatives, the Hawkins, who were privateers.
In the 1560s, Drake commanded his own ship, the Judith, along with his cousin. He traveled to Africa in order to take part in the slave trade. He sold these slaves to the Spanish which was against their laws. In 1568, Drake and his cousin got trapped in San Juan De Ulua, but they eventually escaped. The experience left Francis Drake with a great hatred for Spain.