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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno

16 December 1602 – 16 December 2002

 
 
400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2013
1. 400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno Marker
Inscription. This date marks the 400th anniversary of the naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno, commissioned by Don Gaspár Zúñiga y Acevedo, Count of Monte Rey. Near this place, called Acasta and Hummukul by the Ohlone/Constanoan Esselen Nation, Fr. Andrés de la Ascensión, Fr. Antonio de las Ascensióón and Fr. Tomás de Aquino, three Discalced Carmelite friars on the Vizcaíno expedition, celebrated the first Mass in Northern California.
 
Erected 2002 by Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Western Province and the City of Monterey.
 
Location. 36° 36.287′ N, 121° 53.656′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crescent Brand Sardine Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Caspar de Portolá (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Brick House (about 400 feet away); The Old Whaling Station (about 400 feet away); Whaling Station
400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2013
2. 400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno Marker
(about 400 feet away); The Calamari Story (about 500 feet away); Old Fisherman's Wharf (about 500 feet away); Sloat's Landing (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. This marker in mounted on a retaining wall behind benches which overlook the Monterey Bay. The overlook is about a block north of Old Fisherman's Wharf on the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail. Access is by foot only.
 
Also see . . .  Sebastian Vizcaíno's Exploration of Monterey in 1602-1603 - Monterey County Historical Society. Sebastian Vizcaíno, leading a fleet consisting of the ships San Diego and Santo Tomás, and the frigate Tres Reyes, sailed past Carmel Bay and on December 16, 1602 rounded Punta de los Pinos (Point Pinos) and entered the harbor. They named the harbor after the viceroy of Mexico, Don Gaspár de Zúñiga y Acevedo, Count of Monte Rey, who had dispatched the expedition. (Submitted on September 12, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Old Fisherman's Wharf image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2013
3. Old Fisherman's Wharf
The marker is located at the overlook on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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