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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 third circumnavigation overall. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Drake has received more than 6,741,878 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 107 in 2019). Francis Drake is the 12th most popular explorer, the 46th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 51st 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 405Before him are Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, and Zheng He. After him are Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, David Livingstone, Prince Henry the Navigator, Fridtjof Nansen, and Erik the Red.

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Among people born in 1540, Francis Drake ranks 1After him are François Viète, Charles II, Archduke of Austria, Ludolph van Ceulen, John Sigismund Zápolya, Hümaşah Sultan, Maharana Pratap, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Magnus, Duke of Holstein, Gasparo da Salò, Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli, and Won Gyun. 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, Hamnet Shakespeare, Pellegrino Tibaldi, Giaches de Wert, Pierre Pithou, and George Peele.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Drake ranks 46 out of 7,765Before him are Anthony Hopkins (1937), John Lennon (1940), Edward Jenner (1749), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Bertrand Russell (1872), and Sean Connery (1930). After him are Daniel Defoe (1660), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), David Ricardo (1772), Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), John Major (1943), and Oliver Cromwell (1599).

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), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), and John Davis (1550).