New Book Rewrites Canadian History

History News Network: Canadian geographer Samuel Bawlf's "The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake 1577-1580" claims Drake was first to explore Western Canada. A new book by Canadian geographer and former British Columbia cabinet minister claims that Sir Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England in 1577 on a secret mission for Queen Elizabeth I to discover the fabled Northwest Passage. In his attempt, he sailed as far north as Alaska and discovered Vancouver Island, predating Captains Cook and Vancouver by 200 years.

"Beyond any question, Sir Francis Drake's secret voyage to the northwest coast of America must be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of global exploration," Mr. Bawlf writes in his book.

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