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Point Reyes Station in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Portus Novae Albionus

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
1. Portus Novae Albionus Marker
Inscription. Two plaques on the same monument make up this marker.

This cove is believed by many scholars to be the site of Sir Francis Drake’s California Harbor, where he careened the Golden Hinde to repair a leak received at sea and replenished his ship from 17 June to 25 July 1579.
He made camp ashore, and from the surrounding hills the local Indians observed the Englishmen and descended to establish friendly contact. When his work was nearly completed, he made a journey “up the land” where he found the inland “farre different from the shoare, a goodly country….”
Before departing to complete his circumnavigation of the world, he erected a monument of a “great and firm post” with a plate of brass to claim the land for Queen Elizabeth I, naming it Nova Albion for the white cliffs “which lie toward the sea.”

June 17, 1579
Francis Drake
Landed in this cove and here repaired his ship
the Golden Hinde
Drake named this land Nova Albion and
took possession for Queen Elizabeth
This Anchor
commemorating Drake’s landing was
presented to the
Drake Navigators Guild
by H.M.S. Drake
Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport, England
and dedicated June, 20, 1954 by
Sir Robert Hadow, H.B.M. Consul
Portus Novae Albionus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
2. Portus Novae Albionus Marker
General
as a memorial to Francis Drake and other
early navigators to our Coast

 
Erected 1979 by Drake Navigators Guild.
 
Location. 38° 2.101′ N, 122° 56.442′ W. Marker is in Point Reyes Station, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Drake Beach Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Reyes Station CA 94956, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nova Albion (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 3.4 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 3.4 miles away); Point Reyes Conglomerate (approx. 5.1 miles away); Point Reyes Light Station (approx. 5.1 miles away); Common Murres (approx. 5.1 miles away); Point Reyes Light (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Rock Plants (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point Reyes Station.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the mouth of Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore. To reach the marker from the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center, walk about 1 ½ mile east along the beach. This is best done during an outgoing or falling tide. Upon reaching Drakes Estero, the second gap in the bluffs, follow the cliffs around to
Portus Novae Albionus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
3. Portus Novae Albionus Marker
the left and head toward the grove of cypress trees. There may be white egrets in the trees. It is easier to stay next to the water’s edge than go through grass and brush. The marker is near the cypress grove.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sir Francis Drake in Central California 1579 - California State Military Museum. The voyage of the Englishman Sir Francis Drake in 1578 from England to South America and then by way of the Straits of Magellan, discovered by the Captain of that name in 1521, was the second circumnavigation of the world, which made a profound impression on the haughty and overly secure Spanish. It led eventually to a total breakdown of English-Spanish relations and to the Spanish Armada against England in 1588. Drake was only the second European in history to visit the northern latitudes of the west coast of California, the Spanish explorer Cabrillo being the first in 1542. Drake returned to England in 1580. (Submitted on May 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Who made Drake's "plate of brasse"? - U C Berkeley News. Researchers who spent a decade digging into one of California's most infamous hoaxes now say they know who did it and have a pretty good idea why. (Submitted on May 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

3. Drake's Plate of Brass - Wikipedia. The so-called
Portus Novae Albionus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
4. Portus Novae Albionus Marker
The marker is on the left.
Drake's Plate of Brass is a forgery that purports to be the brass plaque that Francis Drake posted upon landing in Northern California in 1579. The hoax was successful for forty years, despite early doubts. After the plate came to public attention in 1936, historians immediately raised questions regarding the plate's wording, spelling, and manufacture.
(Submitted on May 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
The Bluffs of Point Reyes image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
5. The Bluffs of Point Reyes
The Plate of Brass image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
6. The Plate of Brass
A hoax that got out of hand.
 
 
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