The Secret Voyage Of Sir Francis Drake
The Secret Voyage Of Sir Francis Drake  -     By: Samuel Bawlf
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On September 26, 1580, Francis Drake sailed hsi ship, the Golden Hinde, into Plymouth harbor ont he southwest coast of England. He had long been given up for lost, and rumors quickly circulated about where he had been on his three-year round-the-world voyage, and about the plunder he had brought home to fill Queen Elizabeth's treasury. However, a veil of secrecy was immediately imposed on the expedition: Drake's journals and charts were impounded, never to be seen again, and his men were forbidden to divulge where they had been--especially during the summer of 1579, when they had dropped from sight in the North Pacific.
Drake's journey was arguably the greatest sea voyage of all time. With only the crudest of navigational instruments to guide through vast, uncharted oceans, he became the first captain to circumnavigate the globe. In a ship barely 100 feet long, he sailed more than 40,000 miles disrupted the Spanish Empire in the New World, encountered often hostile native peoples on four continents, and narrowly escaped disaster on numerous occasions.
This book masterfully recounts the drama of this historic expedition, offering intriguing insight into life at sea in the 16th century--from the dangers of mutiny and the lack of knoweldge about wind and current to the arduous physical challenges faced every day by Drake's men. But the author's assertion of Drake's whereabouts in the summer of 1579 gives this book even greater originality.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0142004596
ISBN-13: 9780142004593

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When Sir Francis Drake returned to England in 1580, many questions concerning his momentous voyage were left unanswered—his journals were impounded and his men were forbidden, on pain of death, to divulge where they had been. Drawing on newly uncovered evidence, geographer and maritime historian Samuel Bawlf masterfully reconstructs Francis Drake’s historic round-the-world expedition, exploring the drama surrounding the voyage and offering intriguing insights into life at sea in the sixteenth century. But it is Bawlf’s assertion of Drake’s whereabouts in the summer of 1579 that gives the book even greater originality: from an intensive study of maps of the period, Bawlf shows with certainty that Drake sailed all the way to Alaska—much farther than anyone has heretofore imagined—thereby rewriting the history of exploration in North America.

Author Bio

Samuel Bawlf was a Canadian politican and author. In 1972 he was the youngest person ever elected to the Victoria City Council. He served on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, as a member of the Social Credit Party, and as the minister of conservation and recreation. He was the author of The Secret Journey of Sir Francis Drake, published in 2003. He died in 2016.

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A fresh and compelling account of Elizabethan intrigue. (James P. Delgado, author of Across the Top of the World)
A fresh and compelling account of Elizabethan intrigue. (James P. Delgado, author of Across the Top of the World)

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