the Golden Hind, Drake returned to Plymouth, England, on this day. He was the
first British navigator to complete such a journey so deep into the Pacific Ocean.
set off on 13 December 1577 with 5 ships. The aim was to raid Spanish settlements
on the Pacific coast of the New World.
ships were abandoned in South America. The other three went through the Straits
those three, only the Golden Hind continued up the western coast of South America.
object to raid the Spanish settlements was achieved, Drake sailed on, possibly
as far North as present day Washington State, as he searched for an exit back
to the Atlantic Ocean. He didn't find one, so he returned back to present day
San Francisco for repairs, before setting off over the Pacific. Before doing so,
he named the area Nova Albion, and claimed it for Queen Elizabeth I.
Golden Hind then visited a number of islands in the Pacific, sailing onwards past
the Cape of Good Hope (southern base of Africa) to return back into the Atlantic
Ocean. Drake then proceeded back to Plymouth where he returned on this day.