Friday, December 16, 2016

America's Dusty Files - December 16, 1602 - Sebastian Vizcaíno Enters Monterey Bay

A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
December 16, 1602 - Sebastian Vizcaíno Enters Monterey Bay
The first known Europeans explorers to reach Monterey Bay arrived with Sebastian Vizcaíno's expedition in 1602. His three ships, San Diego and Santo Tomás, and Tres Reyes entered the bay, which he named after the man that had sent the expedition out, Mexican viceroy Don Gaspár de Zúñiga y Acevedo, Count of Monte Rey.
Poor Condition
The men were sick with scurvy. Sixteen of their number had died. They erected a tent under an oak tree near a spring on December 17 where the priest, Father Andrés de la Asunción said mass. Vizcaíno sent the San Tomás back to Acapulco with the many of the sick on December 29. He also sent a report of his progress thus far. The party remained in the area until January 3, 1603, when they headed north. The expedition managed to get as far north as present day Cape Blanco when adverse winds forced Vizcaino to turn back south on January 21. The ships returned to Acapulco on March 21, 1603.

Indiana's history begins many decades before December 11, 1816 when Indiana became a state. The first foundations of Indiana's were laid with the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the settlement that came later. The American History A Day at A Time - 2015 series is in an easy to read "This Day in History," format and includes articles by the author from that series. The reader may read the articles as they appear, or purchase the book:
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History

© Paul Wonning 2016

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