From the time he was driven to sea--while still a boy--by his family's fierce Protestantism and poverty, until his death at sea in 1596, Sir Francis Drake led a life in which opportunism, brilliance, courage, sailing skills, greed, religion, and national policy all played their part. His naval battles and audacious piratical raids on Spain's empire are described via eyewitness accounts. His stormy personal relationships reveal a man whose distrust of colleagues contrasted with a generosity of spirit which was a source of ...

Francis Drake 1996, St. Martin's Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780312158118