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7:10 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Drake Landmark Designation Sparks Debate

Garry Gitzen stands over Oregon's Nehalem Bay, which he claims is where Sir Francis Drake spent five weeks in 1579.
Photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Oregon and California are locked in a dispute over something that happened 433 years ago. That’s when Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans. It happened on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where. Oregon or California? The National Park Service is poised to officially recognize one state’s claim and not the other’s.

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