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Today in History: Sept. 26

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 10: 4th April 1581, Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533 - 1603) knights explorer Sir Francis Drake (c.1540 - 1596) on board his ship, the Golden Hind at Deptford. Drake returned in September 1580 from his successful circumnavigation of the globe, bringing a shipload of spices. Engraved by F. Fraenkel from a drawing by Sir John Gilbert, RA. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1580: Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world

3 years after setting out from England, English seaman Francis Drake returns to Plymouth in the Golden Hind and become the first British navigator to sail the earth.

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