We start with perhaps one of the best known names to come out of Devon and Cornwall: Sir Francis Drake.Sir_Francis_Drake_by_Jodocus_Hondius 2

 

Drake is most famous for his explorations at sea, although he made plenty of contributions to his home county of Devon, too.  But despite all his good work, some regard him as more of a villain than a hero – after all, there has to be a reason why he became known as the “Queen’s Pirate”.

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