Sir Francis Drake

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     Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) circumnavigated the globe in 1578-1580 in the "Golden Hind," a journey of 36,000 miles. He was the first Englishman to do this.

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     Drake's voyage began as an expedition against the Spanish along the Pacific coast of the Americas. He sailed through the Strait of Magellan, north to Point Loma near San Diego (California), and then west across the Pacific.
     The red lines on the stamp below shows his route around Cape Horn and across the Pacific Ocean.

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     Drake's circumnavigation is also plotted on a world map by Jodocus Hondius on a stamp issued by Norfolk Island.