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Old 30-10-2016, 08:04 PM   #41
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Drake - National Portrait Gallery + The Arms of Sir Francis Drake..
Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England..Although his berth is not formally recorded, it is known that he was born while the Six Articles were in force.. "Drake was two and twenty when he obtained the command of the Judith" (1566). This would date his birth to 1544..At age 23, Drake made his first voyage to the Americas, sailing with his second cousin, Sir John Hawkins, on one of a fleet of ships owned by his relatives, the Hawkins family of Plymouth.. In 1568 Drake was again with the Hawkins fleet when it was trapped by the Spaniards in the Mexican port of San Juan de UlĂșa.. He escaped along with Hawkins..The Queen declared that all written accounts of Drake's voyages were to become the Queen's secrets of the Realm, and Drake and the other participants of his voyages on the spain of death sworn to their secrecy; she intended to keep Drake's activities away from the eyes of rival Spain.. Drake presented the Queen with a jewel token commemorating the circumnavigation.. Taken as a prize off the Pacific coast of Mexico, it was made of enamelled gold and bore an African diamond and a ship with an ebony hull..

Sir Francis Drake Intro (1961)..

Queen Elizabeth awarded Drake a knighthood aboard Golden Hind in Deptford on 4 April 1581; the dubbing being performed by a French diplomat, Monsieur de Marchaumont, who was negotiating for Elizabeth to marry the King of France's brother, Francis, Duke of Anjou..By getting the French diplomat involved in the knighting, Elizabeth was gaining the implicit political support of the French for Drake's actions.. During the Victorian era, in a spirit of nationalism, the story was promoted that Elizabeth I had done the knighting..

Elizabeth R Part 5 (BBC 1971) The Enterprise of England ..

After receiving his knighthood Drake unilaterally adopted the armorials of the ancient Devon family of Drake of Ash, near Musbury, to whom he claimed a distant but unspecified kinship..These arms were: Argent, a wyvern wings displayed and tail nowed gules,and the crest, a dexter arm Proper grasping a battle axe Sable, headed Argent..The motto, Sic Parvis Magna, translated literally, is: "Thus great things from small things"..The hand out of the clouds, labelled Auxilio Divino, means "With Divine Help"..The full achievement is depicted in the form of a large coloured plaster overmantel in the Lifetimes Gallery at Buckland Abbey... am not sure whether he's sane..If there's any doubt about the matter, he is..Ah, said Silver, it were fortunate for me that I had Hawkins here..The captain has said too much or he has said too little, and I'm bound to say that I require an explanation of his words..We must lay to, if you please, and keep a bright lookout..It's trying on a man, I know...

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