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The First Sight

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: The First Sight Reply with quote

June 27, 1542, Don Juan Cabrillo, a Portuguese by birth and a skilled seaman, under orders from Antonio de Mendoza, the viceroy, set sail from Natividad on the west coast of New Spain, to explore the northwest coast of the Pacific. With two poorly built ships, the San Salvador and the Vitoria, he ploughed through the waters of the sea. Arriving at the Gulf of California, he continued slowly up the outer coast, stopping at frequent intervals, and finally, on September 28, 1542, sailed into a landlocked harbor, sheltered from the winds and an admirable place to anchor. This harbor they named San Miguel. It was the harbor that is now known as San Diego, and its discovery brought them credit of being the first white men to set eyes upon Alta California.

On November 17, 1542, they found repose in the Bay of Monterey, where they anchored. Although the high sea prevented them from landing, to Cabrillo goes the credit for being the first of the Spanish explorers to anchor in the glistening waters of what was to become one of the most historic and important bays along the entire California coast.
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