Drake at San Juan De Puerto Rico

By G. R. Hewitt, published August 1964


This article covers part of the last voyage of Drake and Hawkins, the 1595 Panama expedition, in which they failed in their attempt to capture treasure stored at San Juan, on a peninsula on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The attacks were preceded by the death of Hawkins. The town had been warned of the approach of Drake’s force and so had arranged heavy defences, which managed to drive off the British, whose priorities were what they thought was a greater treasure at Panama. Drake died soon afterwards, of disease.

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Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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