Francis Drake Timeline

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  • c. 1540 - 1596
    Life of the celebrated Elizabethan mariner, privateer and explorer Sir Francis Drake.
  • 1567 - 1568
    John Hawkins and Francis Drake lead an expedition to transport slaves from west Africa to the Spanish West Indies. The fleet is attacked at San Juan D'Ulloa.
  • 1572 - 1573
    Francis Drake explores Panama.
  • 1575
    Francis Drake is involved in brutally repressing rebellions in Ireland.
  • 1577 - 1580
    Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in his ship the Golden Hind.
  • 4 Apr 1581
    Elizabeth I of England knights Francis Drake after his circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1585 - 1587
    Sir Francis Drake attacks Spanish vessels and ports in the Spanish Main.
  • Apr 1587
    Sir Francis Drake attacks Cadiz.
  • Jul 1588 - Aug 1588
    The Spanish Armada of Philip II of Spain is defeated in its attempt to invade England.
  • 28 Jul 1588
    Francis Drake sends fireships into the Spanish Armada of Philip II of Spain.
  • 29 Jul 1588
    The English fleet attacks the Spanish Armada of Philip II of Spain at the Battle of Gravelines, forcing the Spanish to retreat homewards via the Scottish coast.
  • Apr 1589 - Jul 1589
    The Drake-Norris Expedition (aka English Armada or Don Antonio Expedition) attacks Lisbon and ships of Philip II of Spain. It is not successful.
  • Aug 1595
    John Hawkins and Francis Drake lead an unsuccessful expedition against Spanish ships and settlements in Panama and the Caribbean.
  • 28 Jan 1596
    Sir Francis Drake dies of dysentery at Porto Bello, Panama.