September 28, 1542 : Cabrillo encounters California

Introduction

Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sails into present-day San Diego Bay during the course of his explorations of the northwest shores of Mexico on behalf of Spain. It was the first known European encounter with California.

At San Diego, Cabrillo landed at Point Loma Head, now part of the Cabrillo National Monument. He then sailed on to explore much of the rest of the California coast. During one landing, he broke his leg and apparently fell sick with complications from the injury. He died in January 1543, probably on San Miguel Island off the Santa Barbara coast. Despite his reports of the appealing California coastline, the first Spanish settlement was not established in California until 1769, when Father Junipero Serra founded his mission at San Diego.

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September 28, 1542 : Cabrillo encounters California

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

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    September 28, 1542 : Cabrillo encounters California

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cabrillo-encounters-california

  • Access Date

    October 21, 2017

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