"There must be a beginning of any great matter,
but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."
Drake was an English military commander, explorer; state sponsored pirate, and global navigator born near Plymouth in Devon. He had no formal education, but was self confident and ambitious. In battle he could be quick, courageous and merciless.
A superb seaman, Drake played a vital part in defeating the Spanish Armada as it attempted to invade England in 1588. One of England’s greatest victories. England would be a vastly different country had it not been for this Spanish defeat.
He died an English national hero.