The Tudor Society

December 13 – Sir Francis Drake sets off on his circumnavigation

A miniature of Sir Francis Drake by Nicholas Hilliard.

On this day in Tudor history, 13th December 1577, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake set off from Plymouth on his circumnavigation of the Globe.

Today, I share a letter written by the pirate, sea captain, and explorer to Sir Francis Walsingham. You can find out more about his voyages, and his life and career, at the links below.

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