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because people believed that the world was flat and he wanted to see if that was trueAnswer

The above answer is incorrect. By the time of Francis Drake (1540-1596) Christiopher Columbus (1451-1506) had already "discovered" the Americas and Vasco da Gama (1469-1524) had sailed around the world. People already knew the world was not flat.

Drake sailed in order to mount an expedition against the increasing power of Spain in the New Word. Part of this process naturally involved exploration in order to see what new territories could be gained for England. It had nothing to do with proving the Earth wasn't flat.

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