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  • Author:
    Samuel Bawlf
  • ISBN:
    0141005912
  • ISBN13:
    978-0141005911
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    Penguin Books Ltd; 4/25/04 edition (August 26, 2004)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
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Sir Francis Drake is surrounded by many secrets and much inaccurate information, and . Imagine my shock at discovering that their voyages pales in comparison to the Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake in 1577 – 1580

Sir Francis Drake is surrounded by many secrets and much inaccurate information, and down to the present day he is controversial. Which, in addition to history being somewhat artful and NOT exact, is reason enough for readers to approach this book as something less than holy gospel. Nevertheless, it is a good read. Imagine my shock at discovering that their voyages pales in comparison to the Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake in 1577 – 1580. The bombshell in this book was an amazing assembly of diverse hints and clues that place the reader on the Golden Hind as Drake explored the north coast of North America, including the Inside Passage to Alaska.

A cast of luminous characters runs through The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake: Philip II of Spain, Europe's most powerful monarch; Elizabeth's spymaster and powerful advisor, Francis Walsingham; the encyclopedic cosmographer John Dee; and Abraham Ortelius, the great Dutch mapmaker to whom Drake leaked his Pacific discoveries. In the end, though, it is Francis Drake himself who comes most fully to life through the lens of his epic voyage.

I’ll leave this one where I left IThe Long Walk. And with only some many hours in a day to give to reading, discerning readers may want to try to find a more authoritative biography of the wily Sir France Drake to fill their time.

For my dear Chauney, Natasha, and. Marni; my brother, Nicholas; and Pamela, Allan, and Kathy. Most of the quotes in this book have been taken from the compendia of documents assembled by Martin A. S. Hume, Zelia Nuttall, N. M. Penzer, E. G. R. Taylor, W. W. Vaux, Henry R. Wagner, and Irene A. Wright; or from other contemporary works reprinted through the auspices of the Hakluyt Society. For ease of reading, the spelling and punctuation have been modernized.

When Sir Francis Drake returned to England in 1580, many questions concerning his momentous voyage were left unanswered-his . He was the author of The Secret Journey of Sir Francis Drake, published in 2003.

When Sir Francis Drake returned to England in 1580, many questions concerning his momentous voyage were left unanswered-his journals were impounded and his men were forbidden, on pain of death, to divulge where they had been.

As Drake's near contemporary, Francis Bacon, well knew, knowledge is. .

As Drake's near contemporary, Francis Bacon, well knew, knowledge is power and in that age of superheated ideological and great power conflict the European maritime powers did what they could to keep useful knowledge from their opponents-an attitude of mind that has its modern parallels in both the practices of governments and corporations. One of the strengths of this book is the extent to which it firmly locates Drake in the context of the fierce English-Spanish conflicts which were exacerbated by religious differences.

Samuel Bawlf is a geographer and former minister in the government of British Columbia. The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake: 1577-1580 Acknowledgments. He has sailed the Pacific coast from southern Alaska to San Francisco and enjoys a lifelong passion for maritime history.

The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake. On September 26, 1580, Francis Drake sailed his ship, the Golden Hinde, into Plymouth Harbor on the southwest coast of England. He had long been given up for lost, and rumors quickly circulated about where he had been on his three-year round-the-world voyage, and about the plunder he had brought home to fill Queen Elizabeth's treasury.

The accomplishment of this task, he argues, made him - 200 years before Cook - one of the greatest of all explorers. You can ask us about this book and we'll send an answer to your e-mail.

When Sir Francis Drake returned to England in 1580, many .

When Sir Francis Drake returned to England in 1580, many questions concerning his momentous voyage were left unanswered-his journals were impounded.

With Sir Francis Drake in command, a fleet of five small ships left Plymouth in December 1577. By the time the expedition reached the Pacific Ocean only one remained, the Golden Hinde. The adventures of Drake as he devastated Spanish treasure ships, charted unknown lands and became the first captain safely to circumnavigate the globe make this one of most amazing of all human adventures. But beyond telling a great story for a new generation Bawlf suggests more - that Drake had secret orders which he fulfilled and which make him--200 years before Cook--one of the greatest explorers the world has ever known.

Balhala
It was a fun read and I really wanted to believe the author’s theory. After all my Marin County neighbors are too stuck up about their county’s marvels, including Drakes Bay. I thought it would be a good come-uppance for them to find out one of their precious claims turns out to be false. I read the book years ago when it came out and was convinced. I have read a lot about Drake since. It has been so long since I read the book, that I don’t remember the details. One reviewer claims that Bawlf has many historical errors and comes up with nothing new. But I like his idea of the Elizabethan CIA hiding the true facts of Drake’s voyages. And if I got the right book, about Drake abandoning some of his men in Oregon, several making it all the way to Mexico. If we only had the notes of the Spanish Inquisition we might find out what their debriefing (maybe torturing) of them reveals about indigenous life in California before contact. Where Bawlf really seems to fail is in his anthropology. Drakes description fits the native’s of the Point Reyes peninsula and not Vancouver Island.

So I have to let go of my dream and suffer the indignity of losing a bit of my Canadian chauvinism. Oh, well! I gave it four stars for its entertainment, not its accuracy.
Charlie Fisher
Winenama
I really like the Author's writing style and he makes the 15th and 16th century history interesting. For the first time in my life, I'm taking an interest in it. If you're interested in Sir Francis Drake, this is a well written, fairly easy to read perspective, one that I highly recommend. Though be warned, you may be interested in taking up piracy as a 2nd career as a result.
Gom
I really enjoyed this riveting reconstruction of one of Drake's missions, a voyage shrouded in mystery and unanswered questions. Author Samuel Bawlf presents a compelling new slant on one of history's most interesting figures. His vivid account is engaging and entertaining and brings to life the wonder of the dawning of a new age and discovery of the new world. And what historical person could better represent that sense of adventure, honour and daring than Sir Francis Drake- a man who not only trusted in God but was a skilled leader of men, a brilliant mariner, and most magnanimous pirate of the seas. He lived a life of unabashed glamour, wealth and bravery; he was the national hero of England, both feared and admired by his enemies, and his legendary exploits inspired the world.
Ceck
During the lives of Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth, England and Spain became bitter rivals and, much of the time, lethal enemies. So when Drake returned from his circumnavigation of the Earth, the English Crown kept some important information about his voyage secret. Drake's discoveries along the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia might have revealed to Spain the Northwest Passage. And of course the English were not forthright about Drake's profitable raids.

Some of the pages are quickly turned, particularly those covering Drake's raids. Other parts are interesting too. I was pleased with Drake's encounters with natives, even the peaceful ones, and though they were not relevant to the book's title, I welcomed passages describing other explorers. I subtract a star in my rating because too many pages deal with the evolution of old maps. Those pages were slow, and one or two paragraphs would have sufficed. Geographical description of northwest America--bays, straits, passages, and whatnot--also became slow.

Bawlf lends verisimilitude to his account by presenting many quotations from the era. He also makes many footnotes, and he includes a bibliography and an index. His narration is highlighted by historical maps and drawings.

Sir Francis Drake is surrounded by many secrets and much inaccurate information, and down to the present day he is controversial. Which, in addition to history being somewhat artful and NOT exact, is reason enough for readers to approach this book as something less than holy gospel. Nevertheless, it is a good read.
Cemav
Entrancing that there may well have been that degree of counterintelligence operations in Drake's time. The level of detail that the author researched and reported in a good narrative was impressive, if a bit lengthy. I enjoyed the book.
Bundis
This incredibly well researched book rocked my perception of Pacific Northwest discovery. I have been an avid reader of maritime history, particularly as it relates to the voyages of Captains Cook and Vancouver in the Pacific. Imagine my shock at discovering that their voyages pales in comparison to the “Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake” in 1577 – 1580.

The bombshell in this book was an amazing assembly of diverse hints and clues that place the reader on the Golden Hind as Drake explored the north coast of North America, including the Inside Passage to Alaska. All his discoveries above latitude 48 were suppressed, upon pain of death, by Queen Elizabeth I. Now, over 400 years after the voyage, Samuel Bawlf, through intense research, has properly brought this voyage to light as one of the greatest voyages in the history of global exploration.

It was not until 200 years after Drake’s incredible voyage that the world was given a clear view of Pacific Northwest geography. This events described in this book will keep you spellbound; chills of excitement will course through your veins at the events revealed here. The techniques used to determine longitude on the Oregon Coast are worth the read all by themselves.

This is a “must read” for any student of Pacific Northwest maritime history. A background of reading 16th century history will be a huge help here (especially with regard to Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I).