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Sir Francis Drake- Pirate or Privateer?

Today in our history lesson we have learnt about Sir Francis Drake and debated if he was a hero or villian.

We would like you to continue this debate online. Research Sir Francis Drake, find out a fact about him and present it from your teams point of view.

Pirate- A person who robs and steals from ships

Privateer- A privately owned ship hired for war service by a government


  1. Louis

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:37 am          Reply

    I think Sir Francis Drake was a pirate because he stole from Spanish ships which was illegal.

  2. Matthew

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:34 am          Reply

    I think sir Francis drake is a pirate because he raided the Spanish ships and caused havoc he also killed people just for money

  3. Andrea

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:33 am          Reply

    I also think Sir Francis Drake was a villan because he killed people

  4. Oliver

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:32 am          Reply

    Drake was a hero he died in a battle when he got an infected leg (dissentry).

  5. Imogen

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am          Reply

    I think drake was a pirate because he was always bossing his crew about and Christopher Columbus wasn’t.I think all the others are privateer I also think that all Drake cared about was himself and that’s why I think Drake is a pirate !!!!!!!!!

  6. Andrea

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am          Reply

    I think William Shakespeare was a hero because he invented words that we still use today.

  7. Andrea

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:28 am          Reply

    I think Sir Francis Drake was a hero because he invented words that we still use today.

  8. Liam

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:26 am          Reply

    Francis Drake was a villain because he murdered Spanish people for no reason at all, the Spanish could of
    Been sending gold to England. But no Francis had to get there and kill them.
    He was a dirty pig who should of been in prison instead of Walter Raleigh because he wasn’t even a traitor. Even though he discovered the West Indies, AND he was he first sail all round the world, but still he is a murdurer and he disproved to be in jail.

  9. Sam

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:25 am          Reply

    Sir Francis Drake stole from the Spanish Armada without permission, but he explored the world for his queen and he found a lot of fruit for England. With some of his share of money he helped make England and the early Royal Navy therefore I think he was a pirate and a privateer. 🙂

  10. Charlie 2

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:25 am          Reply

    I think sir Francis drake was a privateer and a pirate because he stole gold from the Spanish and made England rich.
    Sir Francis drake’s grandfather discovered tropical fruit on deserted islands in the pacific.

  11. Mollie

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:20 am          Reply

    I think he is a pirate, because he’s stole from other contenets and took other food from contenets he was a bad man.

  12. Libby

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:15 am          Reply

    Sir Francis drake was born in Devon 1540. He helped people but killed people at the same time so my opinion of sir Francis drake that he was a ok privateer because he got a lot of gold and sliver to help the poor . He went on journeys to help the queen.

  13. Charlie and Louis

    November 22, 2013 @ 1:32 pm          Reply

    We think sir Frances Drake was a hero because he stole from Spanish and gave it to his queen so we could make England rich and Elizabeth more popular.

  14. Alicia

    November 19, 2013 @ 8:10 pm          Reply

    Francis Drake was born in Devon in about 1540, but he didn

  15. Mr Hewitt

    November 17, 2013 @ 12:48 pm          Reply

    It sounds like you’ve both done some really good research into Sir Francis Drake, well done!

    You’ve both suggested that Drake might have been a Privateer. What do you mean by that? What exactly is a Privateer?

    • Daisy

      November 19, 2013 @ 8:41 pm          Reply

      According to wikipedia…
      A privateer or “corsair” was a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque* to attack foreign vessels during wartime. Privateering was a way of mobilizing armed ships and sailors without having to spend treasury resources or commit naval officers.


      *Marque (other words for Marque)
      make,brand,label or trademark

  16. Sam

    November 16, 2013 @ 4:30 pm          Reply

    I think Sir Francis Drake was a pirate and a privateer, because he made his country rich and powerful but at the same time he was starting a war with Spain. He explored many oceans on his journey including the Atlantic and the pacific. He also found the West Indies thinking that he explored the world! One of the reasons that he was a pirate is because he took money from the Spanish Armada and kept some to himself! But he brought fruit and vegetables to England so he made England much healthier!, and this is why I think he wasn’t a pirate or a privateer. 🙂

  17. Daisy

    November 14, 2013 @ 6:49 pm          Reply

    Pushing me away so I give her space. Dealing with a heart that I didn

  18. Daisy

    November 13, 2013 @ 7:10 pm          Reply

    Sir Francis Drake found alot of gold, cargo, and silver.

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