Abstract

This article surveys and analyzes data from a number of aboriginal languages of Oregon, investigating the hypothesis that Sir Francis Drake may have landed somewhere on the Oregon coast in 1579 rather than in California, as is usually assumed. This study is partially motivated by conflicting navigational records in surviving accounts of Drake’s voyage. There is no hard linguistic evidence for an Oregon landing, though there are a few plausible semantic and phonetic matches between items on Drake’s word list and data from Oregon languages. Though themselves inconclusive as evidence, these data should be reconsidered in light of any new archaeological evidence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 1-51
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-24
Open Access
No
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