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Francis Drake was born in 1540.  

England and Spain were not friends.  Queen Elizabeth told Drake to go and find gold and spices.

He left England in 1577.  He went with 165 men on 5 ships. He took gold and food from Spanish ships.

In 1579 Drake arrived in America.

One year later he arrived back in England.  His boat was called the Golden Hind.

Drake was the first Englishman to sail round the world.  When he came back to England Queen Elizabeth knighted him.  He was then called Sir Francis Drake.

In 1588 Drake fought the Spanish Armada.

Sir Francis Drake died in 1596.

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