“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Sloat Monument

Sloat Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 6, 2013
1. Sloat Monument
The text is chiseled into the stone blocks below the bas relief below the eagle.
To commemorate the taking possession of California
Commodore John Drake Sloat
United States Navy
July 7 1846

Erected 1910.
Location. 36° 36.412′ N, 121° 53.872′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Corporal Ewing Road. Touch for map. The monument is on the Presidio de Monterey and sits on the brow of a hill, overlooking the museum, parking and other sites below. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mervine (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio of Monterey Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Castillo de Monterey (about 700 feet away); Hippolyte Bouchard Monument (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); The Argentine Navy (about 700 feet away); Here ... landed Very Rev. Father Junipero Serra (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Castillo Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monterey Breakwater (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Also see . . .  Commodore Sloat Landing. ...Early that morning,
Commander John Drake Sloat image. Click for full size.
2. Commander John Drake Sloat
Commodore John Drake Sloat, Commander of the United States Navy's Pacific Squadron, which had sailed into Monterey Bay five days before, wrote in the log of his flagship SAVANNAH the following historic General Order, which was then issued to his Squadron's forces: "We are now about to land on the territory of Mexico, with whom the United States is at war. To strike their flag and hoist our own in place of it is our duty. It is not only our duty to take California, but to preserve it afterwards as part of the United States at all hazards. To accomplish this, it is of the first importance to cultivate the good opin¬ions of the inhabitants whom we must reconcile. I scarcely consider it necessary for me to caution American seamen and marines against the detestable crimes of plundering and maltreating unoffending inhabitants. That no one may misunderstand his duty, the following regulations must be strictly adhered to, as no violation can hope to escape the severest punishment."
(Submitted on March 2, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
Categories. War, Mexican-American
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