Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Don Gaspar de Portolá
near this spot
Don Gaspar de Portolá
Soldier Explorer Patriot
the Presidio and settlement
Erected 1949 by California Centennial Commission and Monterey History & Art Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
Location. 36° 36.262′ N, 121° 53.719′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Pacific Street south of Artillary Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Pacific Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whaling Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Whaling Station (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brick House (within shouting distance of this marker); 400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crescent Brand Sardine CompanyPerry House (about 500 feet away); John “Bricky” Crivello (about 600 feet away); The Argentine Navy (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Also see . . .
1. The Portolá Expedition of 1769. For a couple of days the scouts explored the Monterey Peninsula, but the harbor glowingly described by Vizcaíno could not be found. The dejected party determined to proceed northward, still hoping to find the San José awaiting them in the fabulous port. (Submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Sebastian Vizcaíno's Exploration of Monterey in 1602-1603. 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. They were the first known European explorers to reach Monterey. (Submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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