Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 -1596) was an English naval pioneer, politician, and navigator of the Elizabethan era. The English considered him a privateer, but to the Spanish, he was a pirate. He was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, and second-in command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada. He died of dysentary while attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "The New Adventures of Kermo Polo," Nanny teaches the kids about such explorers as Marco Pollo, Christopher Columbus, and Sir Francis Drake. Baby Gonzo proceeds to imagine himself as Sir Gonzo Drake, racing around the ocean.