Sir Francis Drake being Knighted

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Sir Francis Drake being Knighted. Drake had carried official letters from the English Government ordering him to attack the Spanish "enemy" vessels as he saw fit. So when the outraged Spanish Government called for the immediate execution of "El Drague" as a pirate, Queen Elizabeth boarded his vessel and knighted him "Sir Francis" instead – threatening to throw the Spanish ambassador into jail if he protested. Original artwork for illustration on p28 of Look and Learn issue no 162 (20 February 1965).

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