Oregon may have missed a piece of history that it justly deserves.
Francis Drake may have spent the summer of 1579 overhauling the Golden Hinde at Whale Cove near Depoe Bay, instead of in Drake's Estero north of San Francisco. This is the fabled New Albion claimed for the British by the captain.
At least that's the theory of Bob Ward of Newport, a history buff who has embraced the tale that surrounds the first commander to complete a circumnavigation of the globe.
Why is this important?
Well, it's a little too late to change history. But if Drake actually spent that time in what became Oregon, it would have given the British a much stronger claim to lands in western North America. It would also put him in Oregon 199 years before Captain James Cook is credited with being the first European to sail off the north Pacific coast from the south. Terry Richard - The Oregonian Article
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