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by Samuel Bawlf

In December 1577, a fleet of five small ships left Plymouth with Sir Francis Drake in command. By the time the expedition reached the Pacific Ocean only one remained - the Golden Hind. 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 the most compelling of all human adventures, but Samual Bawlf adds more. He suggests that Drake had secret orders, which he fulfilled and which make him - 200 years before Cook - one of the greatest explorers the world has known.
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ISBN: 0713995890
ISBN13: 978-0713995893
Category: Biographies
Author: Samuel Bawlf
Language: English
Publisher: Allen Lane (July 31, 2003)
Pages: 416 pages
ePUB size: 1873 kb
FB2 size: 1335 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 367
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).