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The History of Drake's Island

He who holds the Island holds Plymouth
Sir Francis Drake

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Born out of the sea 400 million years ago Drake’s Island has been a place of pilgrimage, a refuge, a fort, a prison, an observatory and an adventure centre. The fortifications have defended Plymouth from the time of the Spanish Armada to the World Wars. It has been the starting point for the voyages of discovery of some of the greatest of our explorers, Drake, Cook and Darwin. Still a place of mystery and rumour follow in the footsteps of Drake discovering Drake’s Island and the lives of those that lived there.

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WORLD WAR TWO

WORLD WAR TWO

The Germans had used what were possibly tourist photographs to identify the defences on the Island back in 1938 and as...

THE 1930’s

THE 1930’s

At the beginning of the 1930’s people still couldn’t imagine another War happening. Drake’s Island sole occupant was a...