The Golden Hind captained by Francis Drake anchored at Plymouth. The controversial explorer became the first captain in history who did not just start, like Magellan before him, but completed a circumnavigation of the world. But no, his reputation was actually clear: Francis Drake is often seen as a pirate and for a good reason – the plunder from the expedition was worth over one million Pounds Sterling. Neither his reputation nor the protests of the Spanish Ambassador swayed Queen Elizabeth I – she knighted the pirate. However, there were also good things about Drake’s trip around the world, for he was responsible for the spread of potatoes in Europe, which earned him a monument in Germany. Officials of the Spanish colonies benefited from his raid especially: they blamed everything they stole on him.
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