“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Point Reyes in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Nova Albion

Drakes Bay

Nova Albion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
1. Nova Albion Marker
Inscription.  On June 17, 1579, Captain Francis Drake sailed his ship, Golden Hinde, into the Gulf of the Farallones and the bay that now bears his name. He sighted these white cliffs and named the land Nova Albion.

During his 36 day encampment in California, Drake repaired his ship, established contact with local Indians, explored inland, took on supplies and water, and claimed the region for Queen Elizabeth I.

The Golden Hinde set sail on July 25 and ventured into the unknown Pacific. Reaching Plymouth, England on September 26, 1560, after a voyage of two years and nine months, Drake became the first Englishman and expedition commander to circumnavigate the earth.

Drake’s exploits and claim encouraged England to colonize Roanoke in 1585, and Jamestown in 1607. Captain John Smith, in 1616, named the east coast New England, a reflection of Drake’s Nova Albion.
Erected 1979 by Sir Francis Drake Quadricentennial Committee. (Marker Number 1061.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
Nova Albion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
2. Nova Albion Marker
Point Reyes is in the background.
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In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1579.
Location. 38° 1.666′ N, 122° 57.69′ W. Marker is near Point Reyes, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Drake Beach Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Reyes Station CA 94956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portus Novae Albionus (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 2.4 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (approx. 2.4 miles away); Victims of the Coast (approx. 2.4 miles away); Francis Drake (approx. 2.4 miles away); Preserving Our Maritime Past (approx. 2.4 miles away); Point Reyes Conglomerate (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point Reyes.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Point Reyes National Seashore near the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center.
A half-dozen plaques installed over the last 75 years at various locations around Drakes Bay speak about the arrival of Sir Francis Drake, who made England's first colonial claim to what is now the United States. The state has recognized the mouth of Drakes Estero as the explorer's landing place. In 2021 this was designated California Historical Landmark No. 1061.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — Drake markers.
Also see . . .  Drake claims California for England - This Day in History -- The History Channel. During his circumnavigation of the world, English seaman Francis Drake anchors in a harbor just north of present-day San Francisco, California, and claims the territory for Queen Elizabeth I. Calling the land "Nova Albion," Drake remained on the California
Stone Cross image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, 2018
3. Stone Cross
In commemoration of the landing of Francis Drake, H.M.S. “Golden Hinde” upon these shores June 17, 1579. This cross is erected by the Sir Francis Drake Association of California, June 1946. [located 100 feet north of the parking lot]
coast for a month to make repairs to his ship, the Golden Hind, and prepare for his westward crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
(Submitted on May 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on October 29, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 17, 2022