Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth on december 13, 1577 to
begin the "famous voyage" during which he traversed the Strait
of Magellan and discovered Drake Passage south of Cape Horn,
Drake then sailed the Golden Hinde north and in June 1579
landed in California; he took possession of that region for
Queen Elizabeth naming it Nova Albion. He returned to plymouth
September 26, 1580, having circumnavigated the globe. Drake
was knighted aboard the Golden Hinde at Deptford in the
presence of Queen Elizabeth on April 4, 1581.
this plaque was presented August 5, 1977, by the State of
California Sir Francis Drake Commission in commemoration of
the quadricentennial of Drake's voyage around the world.