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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 1Why was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo famous and what part of America did he explore? Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore the upper California coast 

Cabrillo Ship - the San Salvador

Cabrillo Ship - the San Salvador
 

 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 2When was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo born? He was born 1475
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 3What was his country of origin and where was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo born? He was born in Castile, Spain
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 4Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo came from humble origins and after hearing about the New World he also wanted to explore
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 5He first joined an expedition to the West Indies in 1502 led by Nicolas de Ovando with Diego Velazquez. The Ovando expedition consisted of 2500 soldiers and settlers and a fleet of 30 ships
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 6The next most important event in his life was to serve under the command of Hernando Cortes in 1519
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 7He accompanied Hernando Cortes on his exploration of Mexico and the conquest of the Aztec Empire
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 8Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo joined other Spanish military expeditions in Mexico, Guatemala, and San Salvador and then settled in Guatemala after being rewarded with a grant of land
 
 

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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 9He made a huge success of his new life and returned to Spain 1532 where he met and married Beatriz Sanchez de Ortega
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 10They returned to Guatemala and had two sons. He built up a profitable ship building business
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 11In 1541 Antonio de Mendoza, the Viceroy of New Spain selected Cabrillo to establish a trading route between Central America and the Spice Islands
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 12June 24, 1542: The Cabrillo expedition sailed from the port of Navidad  in Spain with three ships. Cabrillo sailed in the ship called the San Salvador (see picture of the ship above)
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 13He entered "uncharted waters, where no Spanish ships had been before".
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 14On 28 September, he landed in what is now San Diego Bay and named it "San Miguel
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 15He had hoped to discover a trade route connecting the North Pacific to the North Atlantic and to discover the whereabouts of the "Seven Golden Cities of Cibola" - the mythical Seven Cities of Gold
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 16November 23, 1542: Winter storms forced Cabrillo to turn back to San Salvador. There were skirmishes with the natives and Cabrillo fell and broke his leg
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 17His wound became infected and failed to heal.
 
 
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Fact 18January 3, 1543: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo died on January 3, 1543
 
 

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