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The secret voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580

Author: R Samuel Bawlf
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2003.
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"In The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, Samuel Bawlf masterfully recounts the drama of this historic expedition, offering intriguing insight into life at sea in the sixteenth century - from the dangers of mutiny and the lack of knowledge about wind and current to the arduous physical challenges faced every day by Drake's men. But it is Bawlf's asertion of Drake's whereabouts in the summer of 1579 that gives this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Francis Drake; Francis Drake; Francis Drake
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Samuel Bawlf
ISBN: 0802714056 9780802714053
OCLC Number: 51095747
Description: xii, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Note to the reader --
Prologue --
pt. 1. The quest for riches --
1. San Juan d'Ulúa --
2. Letters of marque --
3. Drake's private war --
4. A passage to Cathay --
5. The South Sea project --
pt. 2. Round about the whole globe of the Earth --
6. The preparations --
7. A troubled beginning --
8. The coast of Barbary --
9. Land of giants --
10. Island of blood --
11. Into the South Sea --
12. Chile --
13. Peru --
14. New Spain --
15. News from the South Sea --
16. The Moluccas --
17. Homeward --
pt. 3. Celebrity and secrecy --
18. "A very short way" --
19. "Islands of good land" --
20. "Seen and corrected by Sir Drake" --
21. "That posterity be not deprived" --
22. A forgotten secret --
pt. 4. The northern voyage, April to September 1579 --
A record of discovery --
23. Drake's Strait of Anian --
24. Nova Albion --
25. Point of position --
26 A sorrowful farewell --
Postscript : an old sailor's yarn --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Art credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Samuel Bawlf.

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"In The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, Samuel Bawlf masterfully recounts the drama of this historic expedition, offering intriguing insight into life at sea in the sixteenth century - from the dangers of mutiny and the lack of knowledge about wind and current to the arduous physical challenges faced every day by Drake's men. But it is Bawlf's asertion of Drake's whereabouts in the summer of 1579 that gives this book even greater originality. From an intensive study of maps of the period, Bawlf shows with certainty that Drake sailed all the way to Alaska - much farther than anyone has heretofore imagined - thereby rewriting the history of exploration in North America. He was, Bawlf claims, in search of the western entrance to the fabled Northwest Passage, at which he planned to found England's first colony, which could wrest control of the Pacific, and the wealth of the East Indies, from Spain. Drake's voyage was so far ahead of its time that another 200 years would pass before the eighteenth-century explorers of record reached the northwest coast of North America."--Jacket.

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