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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:39 am:   

Drake List Monday, 29 March 2010 1:09 PM

Just go this in from our very own Russ Drake. Drakes were never one4s to sit around and do nothing.

Barb-

Hilary and I are on a 17 day across South American tour via
motorcycles!

We flew into Brazil, rented nice BMW
motorcycles and along with 8 other guys (4 with wives) are
winging our way fhrough Argentina, we just passed into Chile today, and on to Peru and Machu Picchu next week.

Any DRAKE'S in this part of the world? Great weather, it is fall down here. We had rain the first day but has been great since. We stay in first class hotels
each night and every place has Wi Fi, so I can lurk the list.

My best to you and all the other listers.
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:44 am:   

Russ,

There is a rumor that there is a Drake burial in the town of Arica, Chile. The local tradition is that it is the grave of
Sir Francis Drake. Worth a look if you are near there.

/Charles
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:44 am:   

Charles, Wasn't he buried at sea? That is interesting. Frances
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:45 am:   

Oh yes, he was buried at sea. The tombstone is supposedly marked 1798. The locals apparently call it the
tomb of "Pirate Drac."

However, it could be the tomb of his nephew John or one of his descendants.
John Drake was captain of the ship Francis and was captured about 1582.
He was "interrogated" by Spanish, converted to Catholicism, and was last heard
of with a Spanish wife in or around Lima in 1595.

/Charles





John Drake was captain of the ship Francis and was captured about 1582.
He was "interrogated" by Spanish, converted to Catholicism, and was last heard
of with a Spanish wife in or around Lima in 1595.

/Charles
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:45 am:   

That is interesting. I didn't realize that his nephew stayed in Spain. I
have DNA print's in Spain and so, does my brother who had YDNA done. He had
matches there too.
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:46 am:   

That is a most interesting story. I've always wondered what happened to that John Drake, nephew of Sir Francis Drake. He would have been born sometime c.1562 in Devon. He was captain of the 40 ton Bark Francis with a crew of about 35, one of four ships under Edward Fenton on an expedition to round the Strait of Magellan, setting sail from May 1582. Due to unfavourable winds in the Atlantic, Fenton turned back but John Drake insisted on going ahead alone from 22nd December 1582.

He later ran aground on the River Plate when the ship was caught in a current and wrecked on some rocks. Scrambling ashore with only their clothes and a few weapons, they were soon captured and enslaved by the Guarani Indians. A number of men died from wounds and sickness over time and some 13 months later John Drake and two of his crew managed to steal a canoe and escape. There is an account from Halcluyt (1600) that they reached the city of Asuncion in Paraguay.

They met some Spaniards and were taken to the new settlement of Buenos Aires. John Drake initially assumed an alias but was recognised three weeks later by a man he had met previously aboard a vessel intercepted by Fenton on the coast of Brazil. He and his companions were taken inland to the colonial centre of Sante Fe for questioning.

On 24th March 1584 John Drake was brought before a panel of Inquisition judges and interrogated for several hours about Sir Francis Drake and his voyage around the world. When the deposition was forwarded to Lima, the Viceroy ordered that John Drake be sent for further questioning. There was a dispute between the Viceroy and the Chief Inquisitor about who had the ultimate authority of charge over John Drake. The matter was referred to King Philip II of Spain for a decision.

During this time John Drake and his companions languished in a hermitage for a year. The matter seemed to have been settled by spring of 1586 when the Viceroy sent for him. John Drake was taken on a long trek through the Andes and then carried by ship northwards to Lima. There in five sessions on the 8th, 9th and 10th of January 1587 he was interrogated by the Inquisitor Licentiate Antonio Guttierez de Ulloa at Llos Reyes (Archivo  Historico Nacional, Madrid, Inquisicion, Libro 1028, 160r-164r).

It appeared he repented his Lutheranism and was accepted into the Catholic Church as a penitent. The documents do not relate what happened after his release though the likelihood is that he remained in Peru as the Inquisition in America often placed bans on travel for former reconciliados from Protestant countries. He walked in the auto-de-fe of 1589 adorned with the red cross of the penitent.

He *may* have been the same John Drake (I doubt it) recorded as an old man (he would have been about age 88 years) who participated in the auto-de-fe held in the Church of Santa Domingo at Cartagena, capital of the Spanish Main, in December 1650. In the official description of the auto-de-fe, the name of John Drake was given as one of the penitents. After performing public penance in the auto-de-fe he was 'absolved with a caution' and admitted to reconciliation with the Church of Rome (Juan Drake...Siendo luterano frecuentaba los sacramentos...Fue absuelto ad cautelam y reconciliado..." J.T. Medina, Historia del Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisicion de Cartagena de las Indias, 1899, cap. x, p.270.)

David
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 6:46 am:   

Hey, haven't we one or two list members residing in South America? I am not
able to access their info at the moment.
Maybe Russ could "drive" by?

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