Sir Francis Drake: Pirate, Slave Trader, Discoverer Of The World

Portrait of Sir Francis Drake (Tavistock, 1540-Panama, 1596), English privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician, 1583, painting from an engraving by Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), oil on panel. London, National Portrait Gallery. (DeAgostini/Getty Images)

On September 26, 1580, after three long years at sea, Sir Francis Drake became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. You probably learned about Drake, who was knighted by the Queen of England for his heroism and bravery, and his adventures at sea and in battle with the Spanish Armada in school, but what's the real story behind this not-pirate?