[MR] Wikipedia: Drake Claims California

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Fri Jun 17 02:01:34 PDT 2016

Noble Friends,

On this date in 1579 Francis Drake (he wasn't knighted yet) landed in 
what is likely now Northern California and claimed the land for England 
as New Albion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Albion . Drake's claim 
was a somewhat defiant stick-in-the-eye to Spain, and was never followed 
up with a settlement.

A number of artifacts possibly relating to Drake have been found in 
Northern California, including a mortar, an English six-pence, and 
shards of Chinese pottery (a common luxury in England at the time). Most 
prominent among them was the so-called "Drake's Plate of Brass", a metal 
tablet with an inscription relating to the claim. This was later proven 
to be a hoax perpetrated by members of the Ancient and Honorable Order 
of E Clampus Vitus, a lodge organization devoted to irreverent 
celebration of Western history, local parades, and copious consumption 
of adult beverages: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake%27s_Plate_of_Brass . The Clampers, 
as they are informally called, are also noted for . . . uh . . . 
erecting two infamous monuments commemorating gold rush-era brothels. 
These cheeky guys are among my heroes: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Clampus_Vitus .

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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