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He escaped along with Hawkins but the experience is said to have led him to his lifelong revenge against the Spanish.First victory Following the defeat at San Juan de Ulua, Drake vowed to get revenge and thus made two minor voyages to the West Indies, in 15, of which little is known.Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581.

His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards to whom he was known as El Draque, 'Draque' being the Spanish pronunciation of 'Drake'.

Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, in February or March of 1544 at the earliest, when his namesake godfather Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford was but age 17.

Drake's family immediately removed to Kent where he was raised.

This was the point at which the silver and gold treasure of Peru had to be landed and sent overland to the Caribbean Sea, where galleons from Spain would pick it up at the town of Nombre de Dios.

He left Plymouth on May 24, 1572, with a crew of 73 men in two small vessels, the Pascha (70 tons) and the Swan (25 tons), to capture Nombre de Dios. Drake and his men captured the town and its treasure.