What is the Drakes Bay National Historic and Archaeological District?

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The district is generally located at Point Reyes National Seashore and the surrounding area.

The Drakes Bay National Historic and Archaeological District recognizes the three peoples who met in the sixteenth century at Drakes Bay: Francis Drake and his crew in 1579, Sebastián Rodrigues Cermeño and his crew in 1595, and the resident Coast Miwok people.

The District includes the English and Spanish landing sites and the Native American sites which contain sixteenth century contact materials. To protect the archaeological sites, the actual boundaries of the District are classified and not revealed to the general public. Public views of certain documents are restricted to only the redacted versions so to protect these sensitive locations. This is a common practice regarding archaeological NHL sites.