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Nova Albion

West Marin’s very own White Cliffs.



SIR FRANCIS DRAKE has been the subject of much lore — and at least one hoax — in Marin County. Given that he was the second person in history known to circumnavigate the globe, and that he purportedly landed here, it only makes sense that his name is omnipresent, gracing street signs and high schools alike. There is another name associated with Drake that also appears frequently, however. Nova Albion was the name Drake gave to North America north of Mexico in 1579. Albion is an archaic name for the island of Great Britain. It’s believed Drake was referring to the white cliffs of Dover, which strongly resemble these cliffs at Drakes Bay, when selecting this name.

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