A Frontier to Conquer

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI:
A Frontier to Conquer

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After the arrival of Sir Francis Drake to America, the Indians timorously kept their distance from the new visitors, prepared to make—if necessary—proper obeisance. The story oges that for three days longer the spirits remained in their abode, which rested on the water, its wings folded. So came the first white men to set foot in the region of San Francisco Bay—men of Francis Drake's company in the Golden Hinde. They had left England a year and a half earlier in company with four other ships, bound round the world in the service of Queen Elizabeth to plunder the ships and cities of her enemy, Philip II of Spain. Now only the flagship remained. After two days ashore, they were visited by the awed inhabitants of the country, who brought gifts of feathers and tobacco. Thus having established his Queen's title to a new kingdom on the other side of the world, Francis Drake lifted anchor on 23rd July and sailed away.

Keywords: Indians; San Francisco Bay; Francis Drake; Golden Hinde; England; Queen Elizabeth; Philip II; Spain

Chapter.  7365 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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