Sir Francis Drake

Julian CORBETT (1854 - 1922)

In this short book, the British Naval historian, Julian Stafford Corbett, chronicles the adventurous career of Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), the farmer's son who became Queen Elizabeth's most feared privateer and her most daring and resourceful naval officer. In his quest for the gold and silver of Spanish Peru, he rounded Cape Horn, losing men and ships in that "enchanted void, where wind and water, ice and darkness, seemed to make incessant war." After capturing the treasure ship from the astonished Spaniards, he circumnavigated the globe. As King Philip of Spain amassed his Armada, Drake demonstrated how a naval power, attacking shipping in port and at sea, could cripple the enemy's credit and commerce. Corbett writes of Drake that at "its fullest flood he stemmed the tide of Spanish Empire. It was no less a thing than that." (Pamela Nagami)

Genre(s): War & Military, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch. 1: The Reformation Man, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:14:16
Play 02 Ch. 1: The Reformation Man, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:12:13
Play 03 Ch. 2: The Spanish Main, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:12:12
Play 04 Ch. 2: The Spanish Main, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:16:59
Play 05 Ch. 3: The Mule Trains, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:12:28
Play 06 Ch. 3: The Mule Trains, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:15:03
Play 07 Ch. 4: Gloriana and her Knights, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:14:25
Play 08 Ch. 4: Gloriana and her Knights, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:12:32
Play 09 Ch. 5: An Ocean Tragedy, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:11:26
Play 10 Ch. 5: An Ocean Tragedy, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:15:15
Play 11 Ch. 6: Waking the South Sea Pamela Nagami
00:21:45
Play 12 Ch. 7: The Great Mistake Pamela Nagami
00:17:06
Play 13 Ch. 8: The Dragon Loosed, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:12:37
Play 14 Ch. 8: The Dragon Loosed, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:12:32
Play 15 Ch. 9: Singeing the King of Spain's Beard, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:18:29
Play 16 Ch. 9: Singeing the King of Spain's Beard, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:14:43
Play 17 Ch. 10: In Quest of the Spanish Armada, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:15:15
Play 18 Ch. 10: In Quest of the Spanish Armada, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:16:47
Play 19 Ch. 11: The Battle of Gravelines, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:18:01
Play 20 Ch. 11: The Battle of Gravelines, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 21 Ch. 11: The Battle of Gravelines, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:10:51
Play 22 Ch. 12: Drake's Armada, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:14:05
Play 23 Ch. 12: Drake's Armada, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:17:07
Play 24 Ch. 13: The Last Treasure Hunt, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:11:02
Play 25 Ch. 13: The Last Treasure Hunt, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:12:46
Play 26 Ch. 13: The Last Treasure Hunt, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:15:44