|Sir Francis Drake statue. (http://www.mayflowersteps.co.uk/|
Sir Francis Drake was the first English person to see the Pacific Ocean, and the passage between South America and Antarctica is named for him. He was a fierce fighter and a “privateer”, which meant that he was a pirate who worked for the English government. His most famous cruise started as a raid on the Spanish, with whom England was at war, but turned into a 3-year trip around the world! Drake’s trip lasted from 1577-1580, and he was made a knight when he returned to England in his small ship called “The Golden Hind”. Check these links for more about Drake, and an animation of his route!