Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for her circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580. Sir Francis Drake (born 1540 - died 1596) was the captain of this ship. The Golden Hind was originally known as Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, in honor of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden 'hind' (a female deer). Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake's world voyage.

It is widely known that Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. He was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. With his incursion into the Pacific, he inaugurated an era of piracy into an area of the world that had previously been free of piracy. His exploits made him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards. They called Drake, El Draque (Dragon). King Philip II of Spain offered a great reward for Drake's capture and demise.

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