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Drake's Passage!

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!

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