http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Point-Reyes-declared-Drake-landing-site-3966058.php. Sir Francis Drake discovered California for his queen.....or so the legend goes. His vessel "The Golden Hind" circumnavigated the world in 1570's. For many years, it was debated by historians where exactly Drake landed in Northern California or did he land elsewhere. Point Reyes National Sea Shore seems to have been designated. Drake's beach is there. In 1579, The Golden Hind penetrated "The Mists" as Drake called them and landed on what is Northern California. He had sailed past Half Moon Bay and San Francisco Bay. Drake made contact with the local Native Americans (Coastal Miwoks) and did necessary repairs to his ship. He put up a brass shield, claiming the area for Queen Elizabeth I of England. Drake continued his voyage and returned to England. Spain claimed California for Phillip and history moves on.