History UsefulNotes / SirFrancisDrake

1st Sep '16 3:11:12 PM DarkPhoenix94
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Sir Francis Drake towers over many in the public imagination. He is perhaps the Ur-Example of the dashing pirate-adventurer who has been everywhere and done everything. He is the inspiration for the likes of Han Solo and Jack Sparrow. He is the guy who singlehandedly made pirates cool.

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Sir Francis Drake towers over many in the public imagination. He is perhaps the Ur-Example of the dashing pirate-adventurer who has been everywhere and done everything. He is the inspiration for the likes of Han Solo and Jack Sparrow. He is the guy who singlehandedly made pirates cool.
cool. He has even ascended to King Arthur like status, with the legend of Drake's Drum, a snare drum that he took on his circumnavigation of the world, and he swore that if England was ever in danger and someone beat the drum, he would return. And apparently, the drum has been heard to beat itself during wars or especially significant events...
20th Aug '16 10:06:37 AM Tre
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* The SyFy Original ''The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake'' features Adrian Paul in the title role, on a [[Creator/RayHarryhausen Harryhausen-esque]] quest for the Fountain of Youth.

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* The SyFy Original Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie Original]] ''The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake'' features Adrian Paul in the title role, on a [[Creator/RayHarryhausen Harryhausen-esque]] quest for the Fountain of Youth.
9th Aug '16 5:58:35 PM CH4S
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Of course, it's not all good things. Like all national heroes, Drake's reputation was conflated with time and distance, with the positives well remembered, and the negatives quietly downplayed. Like all Privateers, Drake was technically a pirate, except that he had a piece of paper from the government authorizing him to do so. Many of the things he did in service to the Crown would probably get him classified as a terrorist by today's standards: one of those "outside-the-box" strategies he used against the Armada was to employ fireships, considered at the time to be a ''very'' dirty tactic, on par with landmines. Like all pirates, his raids on Spanish port cities resulted in indiscriminate killing of soldiers and civilians alike. And lest we forget, his first command was a slave ship. And not even a "legitimate" slave ship, but an illegal venture of his cousin's, capturing free Africans and selling them on the black market, in an attempt to bypass the legal channels over which Spain held a monopoly.

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Of course, it's not all good things. Like all national heroes, Drake's reputation was conflated with time and distance, with the positives well remembered, and the negatives quietly downplayed. Like all Privateers, Drake was technically a pirate, except that he had a piece of paper from the government authorizing him to do so. Many of the things he did in service to the Crown would probably get him classified as a terrorist by today's standards: one of those "outside-the-box" strategies he used against the Armada was to employ fireships, considered at the time to be a ''very'' dirty tactic, on par with landmines.landmines and {{Deadly Gas}}. Like all pirates, his raids on Spanish port cities resulted in indiscriminate killing of soldiers and civilians alike. And lest we forget, his first command was a slave ship. And not even a "legitimate" slave ship, but an illegal venture of his cousin's, capturing free Africans and selling them on the black market, in an attempt to bypass the legal channels over which Spain held a monopoly.
6th Mar '16 12:26:07 PM EDP
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* In the ''ComicBooks/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' he's featured as the one who first built a settlement in the area of present-day Duckburg, and his descendant Howard tries to [[SinsOfOurFathers make the descendants of the Mad Duke of Duckburg and his friend the Count of Bad Luck pay for how their ancestors outsmarted Drake]].
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5th Jul '15 4:02:39 AM priestessofdan
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* Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' video game series, claims to be a descendant of Francis Drake[[note]]The historical Francis Drake never married and had no known descendants, though the third game implies that Nate made up the name[[/note]]. In ''[[VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune Drake's Fortune]]'', we learn that Sir Francis faked his death and went on one last secret voyage to find El Dorado.

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* Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' video game series, claims to be a descendant of Francis Drake[[note]]The historical Francis Drake never married had no children from either of his wives and had no known descendants, though the third game implies that Nate made up the name[[/note]]. In ''[[VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune Drake's Fortune]]'', we learn that Sir Francis faked his death and went on one last secret voyage to find El Dorado.
3rd Jul '15 12:20:43 AM phoenix
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!!!Tropes Associated with Sir Francis Drake Include:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: “Drake” is an old English word for “Dragon.” The Spanish simply called him ''El Draque.''
* BoldExplorer: He set the standard for the 16th Century adventurer.
* {{Determinator}}: His hatred of Spain made him one of these in his early days. He was severely wounded during the raid on Panama and still kept going, blind to the pain, until his crew finally made him call it a day.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As far as the Spanish Empire was concerned. Some random peasant boy from the West Country eventually became Spain's public enemy number one.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Drake’s first raid on Panama left him and his crew with more gold and silver than they could possibly carry back to the boats. They had to actually bury a lot of it with the intent of coming back later. Some have theorized that this act was the origin of the BuriedTreasure cliché in Pirate lore.
* GuileHero: Comes with the territory when you’re a Sea Dog.
* HilariousInHindsight: England did eventually claim a region of North America as "New England." It was on the ''other side'' of the continent, but still...
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: How else does a rapacious slave-trader get a statue built of him?
* {{Pirate}}: Second only to Blackbeard in the popular imagination.
* RagsToRiches: It's right there in his family motto.
* RefugeInAudacity: Pretty much his entire Privateering career was this. Hit the biggest port in Panama on your first expedition? Insane! Sail around the Americas and raid Spanish territory from the other side? Madness! Attack the Spanish fleet at Cadiz, where they’re on their home turf and at their strongest? Suicide! And yet, somehow, he always pulled it off.
* SeaDogBeard: Ironically, did not have one. The pointed goatee was the fashion of the time, and Drake’s was one of the pointiest.
* ShroudedInMyth: The final resting place of Drake’s casket was never found. Likewise, his journals were confiscated by the English government when he returned from his Famous Voyage, presumably to preserve the secrecy of the mission.
* ValuesDissonance: As mentioned, Drake started out as a slave trader, which was a perfectly legal profession at the time. The Spanish authorities arrested him because he was English; only Spanish merchants were allowed to sell slaves in the Caribbean. He was also a participant in the notorious Ratlinn Island Massacre.

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!!!Works Featuring or Associated With Sir Francis Drake Include:

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!!!Tropes Associated with Sir Francis Drake Include:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: “Drake” is an old English word for “Dragon.” The Spanish simply called him ''El Draque.''
* BoldExplorer: He set the standard for the 16th Century adventurer.
* {{Determinator}}: His hatred of Spain made him one of these
%%!!Tropes as portrayed in his early days. He was severely wounded during the raid on Panama and still kept going, blind to the pain, until his crew finally made him call it a day.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As far as the Spanish Empire was concerned. Some random peasant boy from the West Country eventually became Spain's public enemy number one.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Drake’s first raid on Panama left him and his crew with more gold and silver than they could possibly carry back to the boats. They had to actually bury a lot of it with the intent of coming back later. Some have theorized that this act was the origin of the BuriedTreasure cliché in Pirate lore.
* GuileHero: Comes with the territory when you’re a Sea Dog.
* HilariousInHindsight: England did eventually claim a region of North America as "New England." It was on the ''other side'' of the continent, but still...
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: How else does a rapacious slave-trader get a statue built of him?
* {{Pirate}}: Second only to Blackbeard
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in the popular imagination.
* RagsToRiches: It's right there in his family motto.
* RefugeInAudacity: Pretty much his entire Privateering career was this. Hit the biggest port in Panama on your first expedition? Insane! Sail around the Americas and raid Spanish territory from the other side? Madness! Attack the Spanish fleet at Cadiz, where they’re on their home turf and at their strongest? Suicide! And yet, somehow, he always pulled it off.
* SeaDogBeard: Ironically, did not have one. The pointed goatee was the fashion of the time, and Drake’s was one of the pointiest.
* ShroudedInMyth: The final resting place of Drake’s casket was never found. Likewise, his journals were confiscated by the English government when he returned from his Famous Voyage, presumably to preserve the secrecy of the mission.
* ValuesDissonance: As mentioned, Drake started out as a slave trader, which was a perfectly legal profession at the time. The Spanish authorities arrested him because he was English; only Spanish merchants were allowed to sell slaves in the Caribbean. He was also a participant in the notorious Ratlinn Island Massacre.

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!!!Works Featuring or Associated With Sir Francis Drake Include:
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11th May '15 3:53:58 AM Patachou
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* The SyFy Original ''The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake'' features Adrian Paul in the title role, on a Harryhausen-esque quest for the Fountain of Youth.

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* The SyFy Original ''The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake'' features Adrian Paul in the title role, on a Harryhausen-esque [[Creator/RayHarryhausen Harryhausen-esque]] quest for the Fountain of Youth.


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* He ended at #49 in the election of ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
10th Apr '15 3:42:20 AM jormis29
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* Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' video game series, claims to be a descendant of Francis Drake[[note]]The historical Francis Drake never married and had no known descendants, though the third game implies that Nate made up the name[[/note]]. In the first game, we learn that Sir Francis faked his death and went on one last secret voyage to find El Dorado.

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* Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' video game series, claims to be a descendant of Francis Drake[[note]]The historical Francis Drake never married and had no known descendants, though the third game implies that Nate made up the name[[/note]]. In the first game, ''[[VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune Drake's Fortune]]'', we learn that Sir Francis faked his death and went on one last secret voyage to find El Dorado.
28th Jan '15 4:00:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 1950s B-Movie TheThingThatCouldntDie features Francis Drake’s legendary landing in Northern California in the backstory, where the monster of the movie is an undead former member of Drake’s crew that Drake had buried there.

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* The 1950s B-Movie TheThingThatCouldntDie ''Film/TheThingThatCouldntDie'' features Francis Drake’s legendary landing in Northern California in the backstory, where the monster of the movie is an undead former member of Drake’s crew that Drake had buried there.
23rd Jan '15 6:02:23 AM JulianLapostat
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* ValuesDissonance: As mentioned, Drake started out as a slave trader, which was a perfectly legal profession at the time. The Spanish authorities arrested him because he was English; only Spanish merchants were allowed to sell slaves in the Caribbean.

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* ValuesDissonance: As mentioned, Drake started out as a slave trader, which was a perfectly legal profession at the time. The Spanish authorities arrested him because he was English; only Spanish merchants were allowed to sell slaves in the Caribbean.
Caribbean. He was also a participant in the notorious Ratlinn Island Massacre.
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