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The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake: 1577-1580 Hardcover – 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802714056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802714053
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 785 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Ian Robertson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2011
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Geographer and former politician Samuel Bawlf burst onto the literary scene with a captivating theory that Sir Francis Drake explored the Pacific Northwest of North America almost 200 years before other European explorers, claiming the territory for England as Nova Albion but failing in his primary mission to find a northwest passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. There is no definitive proof, of course, and without that school-children's textbooks will remain unchanged, but what a rollicking yarn Bawlf tells - educational, exciting, well researched and thought provoking. A must read for Canadians, maritime historians, and indeed all who enjoy historical fiction.

After some early and notable success under Captain William Hawkins in the Carribbean, Drake captained his own ship, sailing for Queen Elizabeth in 1577 from Plymouth. He led his fleet south and across the Atlantic, through the Strait of Magellan on the southern tip of South America, up the west coast of South and Central America, across the Pacific to the Moluccas and ultimately continuing west around the southern tip of Africa and home to England, bearing riches and becoming the second captain and first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Bawlf tells of Drake's accomplishments well, along the way highlighting developments in navigation, health (combating scurvy), daily life and seafaring life, geography and cartography, and geopolitics.

With this rich tapestry of detail, Bawlf concentrates on a large gap between the time Drake was know to have landed in New Spain (Mexico) and when he was known to have arrived across the Pacific in the Moluccas, and he painstakingly lays out his evidence that Drake spent the time exploring northwards to the Alaska panhandle.
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This is excellent all round , been through it twice , lent out and lost my copy and just got a replacement , The fact that I live on a river running into Comox Bay came as a surprise and revelation .
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What a wonderful true life adventure! An incredible story! Loved the illustrations!
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very cool and recently new finds add to this
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An informative and intriguing historical narrative!
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