MARITIME HISTORY
(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)



Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo


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.


Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo


The Port of Melaque North West of Port Natividad is listed in the 1810 edition of the "Edinburgh" (now the modern Gazetteer) on page 265.




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