We are a 501.c.3 non-profit foundation dedicated to establishing and publishing the truth about Francis Drake’s movements along the North American West Coast in 1579, during the course of his Famous Voyage around the world. Note: The “Oregon” in the Society’s name refers to the old Oregon Territory, which included all the land west of the Rockies between Russian Alaska and Spanish California.
There is compelling evidence that Drake spent the summer of 1579 at Whale Cove, Oregon, where he claimed the land for England, named it “New Albion” and placed the local people under the protection of the British Crown. This was the very first instance of an English colony or protectorate being established on foreign shores, making Whale Cove the birthplace and first outpost of the British Empire. The official account of the voyage placed the anchorage near San Francisco, but we present evidence here that this account was deliberately falsified to keep secret from arch-rivals Spain Drake’s search for the fabled North West Passage, during which he discovered what is now British Columbia, Canada, and perhaps SE Alaska. We follow a trail of clues to Whale Cove, and then offer intelligent speculation about the rest of Drake’s movements as he searched for the Strait.
Discovering the Oregon that Drake discovered in 1579
These pages reflect the results of over thirty years of research by the Society’s founder, Bob Ward. The basic theory was first published in “Geographical”, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, in July 1981, and updated in the Map Collector Magazine, Winter 1988 Issue.
We also look at what we are doing to find hard evidence to support our beliefs, including plans to excavate next summer what we believe is the small Spanish ship that Drake captured off Costa Rica and left behind when he returned to England. We also comment on the flawed and sometimes spurious claims of other proposed anchorage sites, and expose Canadian Sam Bawlf’s plagiarism of Bob Ward’s work. You can reach us through our ‘Contact Us’ page, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contribute on that page to the excavation of what we think is the small Spanish ship, Tello’s bark, that Drake captured off Costa Rica and left behind at Whale Cove when he went back to England, along with a crew of about 25 people. They were to winter on the Oregon Coast before attempting to return to England early the next year through the North West Passage. Whale Cove is a good summer anchorage because its spit protects it from the prevailing Northwest winds, but in the winter these switch to the Southwest and would have destroyed the small wooden ship. We think the crew took the ship out of Whale Cove as they noticed the winds start to change, and took it to the nearest safe winter anchorage 30 miles to the north, where we have relocated it, and hope to carry out a preliminary excavation this summer. Read about why we think this is Tello’s bark in Section LHF 7, and then contribute on the “Contact Us” page if you want to help. The cost of the excavation will be about $45,000, so we need all the help we can get.