Can We Live and Eat Too?
Against The Current vol. 131

Jelly-Schapiro, Eli
http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/1180

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/11/2007
Year Published:  2007  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13346

In 1579, the fleet of British explorer Sir Francis Drake met the coast of what we now call California. Drake, who would dub his discovery “New Albion” (Albion being the Latin name for Britain), thought he had happened upon an island. Though the source of California’s present-day name is obscure, at least one etymological theory suggests that Drake was not alone in imagining the place as a world apart; the first literary reference to “California,” in a 1510 novel by Spanish writer García Ordóñez de Montalvo, Las Sergas de Esplandián, depicts an island in the Pacific inhabited by Amazonian women.

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