Point Reyes Station in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Portus Novae Albionus
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.”
Landed in this cove and here repaired his ship
the Golden Hinde
Drake named this land Nova Albion and
took possession for Queen Elizabeth
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
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. Touch 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nova Albion (approx. 1.2 miles away); Preserving Our Maritime Past (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 3.4 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 3.4 miles away); Francis Drake (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (approx. 3.4 miles away); Victims of the Coast (approx. 3.4 miles away); Providing Global Communications (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
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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 (Submitted on May 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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