Rare Book and Special
Collections Division, Library of Congress
Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist,
circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake visited
the Caribbean and the Pacific claiming a portion of California for Queen
Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. This
collection comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated
about Drake’s voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas.
Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French.
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