|Sir Francis Drake by Marcus Gheeraerts,1591. Drake is shown wearing the Drake Jewel, given to him by Queen Elizabeth I in 1586. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.|
|The Drake Jewel, awarded to Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth I in 1586. The Drake Jewel currently resides in the collection of the Victoria an Albert Museum. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons courtesy Aiwok.|
The white potato first arrived in England in 1586, when it was brought over from the America's by Sir Francis Drake. Drake also brought back Guinea Pigs, which Queen Elizabeth I and her courtiers kept as pets.
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