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