Cabrillo, Juan Rodríguez

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Cabrillo, Juan Rodríguez

(hwän rôthrē`gāth käbrē`lyō), Port. João Rodrigues Cabrilho, d. 1543, Spanish conquistador and discoverer of California, b. Portugal. In 1520 he landed in Mexico with Pánfilo de NarváezNarváez, Pánfilo de
, c.1470–1528, Spanish conquistador. After service in Jamaica, he aided Diego de Velázquez in conquering Cuba and was sent (1520) to Mexico by Velázquez to force Cortés into submission.
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 and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Accompanying Pedro de AlvaradoAlvarado, Pedro de
, 1486–1541, Spanish conquistador. He went to Hispaniola (1510), sailed in the expedition (1518) of Juan de Grijalva, and was the chief lieutenant of Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico.
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 up the west coast of Mexico, he assumed command of the expedition and continued the voyage after Alvarado's death. He discovered San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542, landing at Point Loma Head, now in Cabrillo National Monument. He then sailed on to Northwest Cape beyond San Francisco Bay, which he did not find. Returning to winter on San Miguel Island off the Santa Barbara coast, he died Jan. 3, 1543. His chief pilot, Bartolomé Ferrelo, succeeded him in command and sailed north beyond Cape Mendocino before returning to Mexico.
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A new addition this year, the Cabrillo Festival celebrates the discovery of San Diego by recreating the voyage of Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo likely viewed the rock during his Pacific maritime expedition in 1542.
In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.
Aboard Cabrillo's Galleon provides a fine and lively history set in the 1540s when conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo received orders from Mexico to lead a fleet northward to explore the land known as California.
Synopsis: In the early 1540s, amid the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo receives orders from the Mexican viceroy to lead a fleet northward into uncharted waters and to explore the mysterious land called California.
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was more interested in finding a suitable harbor as he explored the California coast for Spain in 1542.
San Diego is the birthplace of California, and was discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542.
Discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, San Pedro Bay has always been central to trade and growth of the Southern California region, from its early Spanish missionary trading post days to being one of America's busiest ports.
In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo dropped anchor in a harbor he pronounced as ``closed and very good.
Novelist Clive Cussler is leading a team of modern-day adventurers in search of the final resting place of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Ventura County.