Sir Francis Drake

United States, 1957

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Dramatises the preparation and execution of Sir Francis Drake’s raids on the Pacific coast empire of Spain in America. Illuminates the conflicting parties at Elizabeth I’s court - those wishing to conciliate the mighty Philip II, of Spain, and those who sought to attack his vast empire, seize gold and gain glory. Shows how Drake’s extended raid in the Pacific led to the circumnavigation of the world by his ship, the Golden Hind.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Films



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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Biographical films

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers


Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Navigation - History


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

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Educational & Instructional → Educational films

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History → Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596

History → Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603

History → Explorers

History → Historical re-enactments

History → History

History → Navigation - History

History → Philip of Spain

History → World history

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People → Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596

People → Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603

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