During the reign of Elizabeth I, England established its own maritime trade routes. One of these voyages was organized in the greatest secrecy, under the cover of a voyage to Egypt, by Francis Drake. On December 13, 1577, five sailing ships left Plymouth, bond for “Alexandria” (the Pelican, the Elizabethan, the Marigold, the Swan and the Benedict). Once on the high seas, the five ships met with varied destinies (shipwrecks and loss at sea). It was not until he reached the Pacific, beyond the Straights of Magellan, that Drake, in order to perfect the disguise of his mission, rechristened the Pelican the Golden-Hind. The following three years were a series of raids and grappling, to the profit of Drake and his “Pirates”.
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