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Francis Drake: slave trader

Following calls for statues of Drake to be removed for his role in the slave trade, Claire Jowitt explores a dark chapter in Tudor history

English admiral Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), circa 1585. (Photo by Getty Images)
Published: June 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm
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Sir Francis Drake was an English naval hero, famed for circumnavigating the globe and his role in defeating the Spanish Armada. But, he was also a slave trader. Following calls for statues of Drake to be removed, historian Claire Jowitt explores this dark chapter in Tudor history.

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