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    May 15, 2013
    Gunnar Thompson takes readers on a wild ride through the annals of historical fantasy. While focused on Francis Drake’s California visit, the book rewrites traditional history. The book says Drake used a “spyglass” and a “telescope” long before their accepted invention dates. Thompson has Drake using a chronometer nearly a century before Hershel is credited with his H-4. Drake is credited with a whole new type of sailing vessel – the “Race-Built Frigate.” The book gives recognition to Marco Polo’s supposedly accurate maps of the North American Pacific Coast. For Drake’s west coast of North America visit, Thompson has Drake as far north as Sitka, Alaska, visiting several harbors, then entering San Francisco Bay. The apparent fantastic speed of the Golden Hind during this part of the trip is not explained. The dangerous entry to this Bay was so easy, apparently, that this navigational feat doesn’t even warrant discussion in the book. While very important, no map shows where in San... More > Francisco Bay Thompson believes Drake careened his vessel. Then, Thompson has San Francisco Bay being frequented by explorers starting in 1620, more than a century before Portola in 1769. The transfer of Drake’s name to Drakes Bay (misspelled as “Drake’s Bay” in the book) from San Francisco Bay is credited to a deal between Vancouver and Bodega to end the “Nootka Incident” in 1790. While Thompson believes the “Queen’s Map” or the missing “Drake Navigational Chart” is a new find that leads to answers in the Drake question, no copy of the map is provided. Thompson resurrects the now discredited Plate of Brass. This is a new type of “research” made possible by Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Most of the maps and drawings are “from” online resources, redrawn or interpreted by the author. While Thompson and his “Time Detectives” have visited several of the 20+ purported Drake sites, the most-likely site at Drake’s Cove in Marin County, California isn’t among them. People interested in the Drake story will find it better to spend their money on a used copy of John Sugden’s Sir Francis Drake. For more on the California landing sites, they should read about the “Drakes Bay Historic and Archeological District” National Landmark established by the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior. Certainly, real students of history and anyone needing to take a history exam on these subjects will wisely steer clear of Thompson’s publication on Drake.< Less
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September 1, 2010
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.43 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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