In this episode, we discuss the dawn of Sir Francis Drake’s career, from his youth through his succesful capture of the Spanish treasure train near Nombre de Dios (March 1573). This was the beginning of a career marked by courage, tenacity, and extraordinary ambition.
In this episode, we discuss the increasing hostility with which the colonial authorities regarded John Hawkins, which culminated in the ultimate betrayal at San Juan de Ulua. Hawkins’s fleet was destroyed, most of his men either killed or enslaved, and Hawkins himself sent packing back home. But Hawkins’s young kinsman, Francis Drake, had vowed revenge. Next episode, El Draque will awaken.