Sir Francis Drake reached the B.C. coast 200 years before Captain James Cook.A tarnished silver coin recovered from the mud of a Victoria waterway is being touted by some as proof that legendary explorer
Drake is best known as a leader of the English fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada, saving the country ruled by Queen Elizabeth I from invasion. He was a notorious raider of Spanish ships and colonies in the New World (some consider him little more than a pirate) but also a giant of exploration, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in a secret four-year odyssey of discovery and plunder on behalf of the Queen.
During that trip, Drake is known to have sailed up the West Coast as far as California or possibly Oregon in search of the western entrance to the Northwest Passage. He reportedly gave up at that point and turned his ship, the Golden Hinde, west across the Pacific and eventually home in 1580.
Some have theorized Drake reached what is now British Columbia, thoughRead More »from Tudor-era coin found in Victoria mud may prove Sir Francis Drake visited B.C.