Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral Royal British Navy, was more than an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and über-politician of the Elizabethan era, his hijinx and adventurous life were held high in the minds of most throughout the last – 20th- century, as England bathed in it’s former glory. So what – you may ask – does Drake have to do with a site that promotes blogging, social media and social networking?
Good question, there are a couple of reasons Sir Francis sits on our front page. Drake has always been my second favorite adventurer, not so much for his adventuring, but for his standout use of a life. Drake landed himself at the center of Elizabethan England, a society that ran on nepotism, and through a single opportunity he managed to carve out an enviable life for himself, create several myths as well as become slightly revered. In every mans life there is one opportunity, do something with it, become someone, or not, the choice is yours.
At a time when “It’s not what you know, but who you know” dictated the cast of every man, Drake took what he had and invented for himself a stage filled with color and movement. He invested every resource at his avail to achieve his ends, and ended his life doing what he’d set out o do. My fascination for Sir Frances Drake was no doubt implanted by an Anglo-Saxon education, and it was one educator in that system that planted the seed for my admiration of Drake. Read the full article »»»»