"Francis Drake's Brass Plate"
Detail | Radiograph | Smith's Report
The text of the plate, on which the letters were crudely impressed by chisel.
BEE IT KNOWNE VNTO ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS
IVNE. 17. 1579
BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND IN THE NAME OF HERR
MAIESTY QVEEN ELIZABETH OF ENGLAND AND HERR
SVCCESSORS FOREVER I TAKE POSSESSION OF THIS
KINGDOME WHOSE KING AND PEOPLE FREELY RESIGNE
THEIR RIGHT AND TITLE IN THE WHOLE LAND VNTO HERR
MAIESTIES KEEPEING NOW NAMED BY ME AN TO BEE
KNOWNE VNTO ALL MEN AS NOVA ALBION.
G FRANCIS DRAKE