There are, roughly speaking, three ways to encounter the legacy of Sir Francis Drake, the first successful circumnavigator and the hero of the Battle of the Spanish Armada: in the field, in the library, and on the map.

Drake was a son of Devon and its undulating hills in Southern England. He was the eldest of 12 children, and his father, a farmer, was forced to abandon Devon for Kent, to the east, where he became a minister. At the time, religious conflict was rife, and which side of the Protestant-Catholic divide you were on determined your life’s course.