Francis Drake

1540 - 1596

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Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English explorer and privateer best known for his circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition between 1577 and 1580. This was the first English circumnavigation, and second circumnavigation overall. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Drake has received more than 7,668,455 page views. His biography is available in 110 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 108 in 2019). Francis Drake is the 12th most popular explorer, the 50th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 46th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Explorer.

Francis Drake was an English explorer and privateer, who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world. He is most famous for his raids on Spanish ships and settlements in the Americas.

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Among explorers, Francis Drake ranks 12 out of 498Before him are Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, and Zheng He. After him are Francisco Pizarro, Prince Henry the Navigator, Abel Tasman, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Xuanzang, and Fridtjof Nansen.

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Among people born in 1540, Francis Drake ranks 1After him are François Viète, Ludolph van Ceulen, Charles II, Archduke of Austria, John Sigismund Zápolya, Maharana Pratap, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Hümaşah Sultan, Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli, Magnus, Duke of Holstein, Gasparo da Salò, and José de Acosta. Among people deceased in 1596, Francis Drake ranks 1After him are Jean Bodin, Anna Jagiellon, Koca Sinan Pasha, Blaise de Vigenère, George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Pellegrino Tibaldi, Hamnet Shakespeare, Giaches de Wert, Pierre Pithou, and George Peele.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Drake ranks 50 out of 8,785Before him are Bertrand Russell (1872), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), David Ricardo (1772), Cecil Rhodes (1853), Richard Burton (1925), and Sean Connery (1930). After him are Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Thomas More (1478), Daniel Defoe (1660), Charles Babbage (1791), and Olav V of Norway (1903).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Francis Drake ranks 2Before him are James Cook (1728). After him are David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), William Baffin (1584), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), Henry Hudson (1570), John Davis (1550), Richard Francis Burton (1821), and William Dampier (1651).