Sir Francis Drake Association
Recently, the Columbia River Maritime Museum played host to the second annual meeting of the Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California. The gathering brought together scholars in the fields of anthropology, surveying, navigation, and Oregon and California history, to celebrate Capt. Francis Drake’s 1579 anchorage in Nehalem Bay, and his subsequent survey land-claim of Neahkahnie Mountain in Manzanita on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
The keynote talk “How Did We Get Here” by Garry Gitzen, president of the Oregon Chapter, highlighted important 16th and 20th century books, articles and maps — uncovered as recently as the past 10 years — that helped to identify Drake’s five-week Northwest sojourn.
For information, go to sirfrancisdrakeassociation.org
Sir Francis Drake scholars convene in Astoria