On the Spanish Main, or Some English Forays on the Isthmus of Darien: With a Description of the Buccaneers and a Short Account of Old-Time Ships and Sailors (Classic Reprint)
Francis drake, the first Englishman to make himself redoubtable to the Spaniards on the Spanish Main, was born near Tavistock about the year I 545. He was sent to sea, as a lad, aboard a Channel coaster engaged in trade with the eastern counties, France and Zeeland. When he was eighteen years of age he joined his cousin, John Hawkins, then a great and wealthy merchant, engaged in the slave trade. Four years later he sailed with Hawkins on a memorable trading voyage to the Spanish Main. On this occasion he commanded a small vessel of fifty tons.
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