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On December 13,1577. Sir Francis Drake and more than 160 men sailed from Plymouth on three ships called the Pelican, the Elizabeth, and the Marigold. He was the first Englishman to sail around the world and took a leading part in defeating the Great Armada sent by Spain to invade England. He made three profitable voyages to the New World, plundering Spanish settlements and destroying Spanish ships. The Spanish feared him so much that they called him El Draque, or `The Dragon`. He was a successful privateer, a talented navigator, and one of the most renowned seamen in all history. In his lifetime he led several expeditions against the Spanish Main, as well as a daring attack against the Spanish city of Cadiz. Read more