The final voyage of Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake's final years were not happy. His last expedition to Portugal proved abortive. Drake's final journey in 1596 in the West Indies was in failure, and he had numerous defeats. Sir Francis Drake attacked San Juan de Puerto Rico unsuccessfully and lost the battle of San Juan. After that, Francis Drake tried to attack the land and capture the prosperous port of Panama, but he again was defeated.
In January 1596, Sir Francis Drake died on his ship of dysentery which was a common disease of the time, at the age of about 56. Before the death, the great explorer, Sir Francis Drake, asked to be dressed in his full armor. He was buried near Portobelo, at sea in a sealed lead-lined coffin. Divers and historians were searching for the coffin, they have found only the wrecks of the English ships, but the body of Sir Francis Drake has never been found.
Sir Francis Drake had an essential role in English navy history, and he made the English dominate the sea. After his triumphant victories, the Spanish Armada was never fully recovered. Sir Francis Drake had great military achievements, and he was also a famed explorer who claimed the part of the west coast of North America to England. His performances and numerous successful battles made him a hero for the English people.
The Bay near San Francisco bears the name of the great explorer and seaman Sir Francis Drake, who helped claim the land of the English.
In 1979, near Westminster Abbey, a memorial of famous respectful explorer Sir Francis Drake was unveiled. The elliptical monument, also known as a navigator's memorial also observes Sir Francis Chichester and Captain James Cook, who also traveled around the world in different years.
It is also known that Drake's friend, a privateer, and his cousin invented a drink called El Draque.
In the United Kingdom, there are various places named after Sir Francis Drake. Especially in Plymouth, Devon. Different places carrying his name include naval base, Drake's Island, and the shopping center is named Drake Circus. There is also a famous statue of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth.
In the UK, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard of California and Drake Bay are both named after him. There is also a high school in California named after Sir Francis Drake.
In 1930 various mountains were named after him. The highest peak on Vancouver Island bears his name.
Sir Francis Drake also became an icon of English folklore.