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Britain’s Most Historic Towns: S03E04 – Elizabethan Plymouth with Prof. Alice Roberts

24/09/2021

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Alice visits Plymouth to examine the city’s Elizabethan history. She discovers how Elizabeth I supported John Hawkins’ and his cousin Francis Drake‘s privateering and involvement in the slave trade. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson examines Drake’s Leat, a watercourse constructed in the late 16th century to provide fresh water for the navy. Alice investigates how Hawkins’ and Drake’s transformation of the navy led to the defeat of the Spanish Armada. She learns more about Walter Raleigh‘s desire to colonize the Americas and how the first Puritans set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth for America


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