THE LANDING SITES
Drake was constantly being pursued by the Spanish Navy. When he entered the mouth of San Francisco Bay he was looking for a safe place to make repairs to the Golden Hinde before the long voyage across the Pacific Ocean. He located a secluded cove along the San Quentin Peninsula where he moored his ship, offloaded the cargo and set-up camp. He had the Miwok build the breakwater to help conceal and protect his ship. Captains of sailing vessels were aware that running aground in uncharted waters was an extremely risky maneuver and to do so could result in the loss of their ships and perhaps the lives of their crew. Since "The Cove" was not visible from the mouth of San Francisco Bay, Drake knew that the Spanish were unlikely to take such a chance. Several Inca artifacts were discovered at The Cove and a shown immediately below. These included a jade carving, an Ica stone and a conglomerate Stone tool bearing the image of the Inca Queen Nefertiti.
Ica Stone with Image of an Alien
Full View of the Conglomerate Stone Tool
Close-up of earring on conglomerate tool
Compare Nazca Peru Glyph #18 (left) to the design on the earlobe of the stone image of Nefertiti immediately above... THEY ARE IDENTICAL!
The Corte Madera and San Rafael Marsh Areas
Adjacent to "The Cove" is the Corte Madera Marsh. Drake knew that if he attempted to sail across the Pacific with four ships, their profile would be easily visible from a great distance. The ships would have to be unloaded and the cargo sorted so that the most valuable items could fit in one ship for the remainder of the journey. The Golden Hinde was unloaded where it was moored and the other three ships were sent to sites on the Corte Madera and San Rafael Marsh where they were unloaded and disassembled. The parts from those ships were used to make repairs to the Golden Hinde and to construct crude carts that were required to move the cargo. When California became a State in the 1850's it was noted that many "wheelbarrows" were found at San Quentin!
The Corte Madera Marsh Area
The San Rafael Marsh Area
Carts similar to this image in the 1556 book Rue de Metallica
were made from parts taken from the disassembled ships.