Virtual Book Talk Sponsored by Museums on the Green
Tuesday, June 22
$10, with Registration
The Spaniards called him “El Draque.” The dragon. The red-haired, hot-tempered Englishman was one of the most successful pirates ever to sail, making fortunes pillaging galleons laden with New World silver and gold. He was also the most wanted. King Philip II of Spain offered a reward of 20,000 ducats for his capture or death. (That’s about $8 million today.) But that was before Queen Elizabeth secretly dispatched him to circumnavigate the globe in 1580 on a part exploration, part raiding mission that reached Patagonia, the Pacific Coast of present-day California and Oregon, the Spice Islands, Java, and Africa. And that was before, the queen called up him once again to save England from the once-invincible Spanish Armada and spur the British Empire’s ascent. For Elizabeth, Drake made the impossible real. Together, they could transform a third-rate island kingdom into a global imperial power.
Virtual and open to the public.
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