Sir Francis Drake (born on 1540, died in 1596) is today remembered as one of the most famous Privateers that worked for the English Crown. During his active years he fought relentlessly against the Spanish, winning countless battles against their ships and pillaging their harbors.
Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), a legendary explorer for Queen Elizabeth I and a bit of a pirate....ahem, privateer... gathering a fantastic amount of booty-the old fashioned kind-from the Spanish. He also circumnavigated the globe, third after Magellan and some guy I'd never heardof-García Jofre de Loaísa. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_circumnavigations