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

Nova Albion

Nova Albion Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
Location. 38° 1.666′ N, 122° 57.69′ W. Marker is in Point Reyes Station, 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker
Nova Albion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2014
2. Nova Albion Marker
Point Reyes is in the background.
, 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 Station.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Point Reyes National Seashore in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center.
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 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 San Jose, California.) 
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