(San Patricio Melaque)
This monument, at the foot of Calle Lopéz Mateos in Melaque was dedicated on January 3rd., 2016 in memory of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as a tribute for his contribution to the history of the great maritime discoveries of the world. It was inaugrated on the 473 anniversary of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's death. (January 3rd., 1543)
It was Captain Cabrillo, along with Captain Navio San Salvador in the ships La Victoria and San Miguel, who left Bahia de Navidad on June 24th.,1542 on a Northern voyage to explore and discover California. They founded the cities of Ensenada, BC (San Mateo) and San Diego, Cal (San Miguel) making them pioneers of the discovery and conquest of North America from these very shores.