Nova Albion

Nova Albion (HM1EE9)

Location: Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Marin County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 1.666', W 122° 57.69'

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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.
HM NumberHM1EE9
Year Placed1979
Placed BySir Francis Drake Quadricentennial Committee
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 503378 N 4208896
Decimal Degrees38.02776667, -122.96150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 1.666', W 122° 57.69'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 1' 39.96" N, 122° 57' 41.40" W
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Area Code(s)415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 253-299 Peter Behr Overlook Trail, Point Reyes Station CA 94956, US
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