Sunday, September 28, 2008

This Day In History

Except for the communications antennas, Point Loma at sunset doesn't look much different than it must have looked 466 years ago, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first sailed into San Diego Harbor on September 28, 1542. He had set out from Navidad, now called Acapulco. He and his men sailied against headwinds for five months before they found San Diego, which Cabrillo named San Miguel. They made their way throught the kelp beds and anchored for 6 days before heading on.

Sixty years passed before another ship anchored there. This time, on Nov. 10, 1602, it was Sebastian Vizcaino, who changed the name to San Diego, in honor of that saint's day.

Thanks to and Jon Sullivan for the photograph.

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