[MR] Wikipedia: Drake Claims California

Lorelei Elkins via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Fri Jun 17 05:01:31 PDT 2016

:-)  Loved this.  Lord Mungo, Thank you for your fun commentary and
educational posts.

Mistress Lorelei

On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 5:01 AM, Garth Groff via Atlantia <
atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org> wrote:

> 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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