NEWPORT: Bob Ward fixes a bit of “mistaken history” as to where Sir Francis Drake really came ashore on the West Coast.
Bob Ward’s presentation is TODAY, Sunday, March 9, 5pm, at Newport’s Pacific Maritime Museum on the Bayfront.
Avocational historian Bob Ward, who is known for his tireless efforts to give sea lions a refurbished home on Newport’s Bayfront, will be giving the public another lecture on what his independent research has produced at revealing where 16th Century English Explorer Sir Francis Drake REALLY first landed on the American West Coast.
Ward says despite what is written in the history books about Drake’s sailing around the world in his ceaseless quest to find the infamous American Northwest Passage, those books are wrong about where Drake first dropped anchor on the west coast of America. Ward contends it was not the much heralded Drake’s Bay in California. “No,” says Ward, “It was at Whale Cove immediately south of Depoe Bay,” and he adds he has very substantial evidence that it is true.
Ward has a relentless private investigator’s eye for putting together original research with highly plausible movements Drake and his crew made as they sailed up the Western American Seaboard.
Ward’s central theme is that English historians simply wrote down what was told to them by so-called “official sources” who were directed by Queen Elizabeth I to misconstrue the true path of Drake’s epic journeys to the New World. Ward contends the ruse was aimed at misleading England’s, at-the-time, arch rival Spain in the race to extract the riches of a new continent.
Ward is an excellent speaker whose exuberance clearly illustrates his evidence on the projector screen for all to see, bearing witness to his central theme that the land Drake declared dominion over in the name of Queen Elizabeth I was the first protectorate of what eventually became the world-wide British Empire – and it started with Oregon.
Ward’s new ground-breaking lecture begins at 5pm this coming Sunday, March 9th, at the Pacific Maritime Museum across from Port Dock 5 on Newport’s Bayfront.