History explorer: Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain

As part of our series in which experts nominate British locations to illustrate historical topics, Miranda Kaufmann visits the Golden Hind in Brixham to tell the story of an African who died serving Francis Drake...

Portrait of Miranda Kaufmann. (Image by Jeni Nott)

This article was first published in the April 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

After knighting Francis Drake in 1581, Queen Elizabeth commanded that the Golden Hind, the ship in which he had circumnavigated the globe – the first Englishman to do so – be lodged in a dock in Deptford as “a monument to all posterity of that famous and worthy exploite”.

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