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San Clemente in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Clemente Island & Catalina Island

 
 
San Clemente Island & Catalina Island Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis
1. San Clemente Island & Catalina Island Marker
Inscription.  
San Clemente Island is the southernmost of the eight California Channel islands. The 56 square miles island received its named in November 1602 when Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sailed passed it while mapping the region. It represents November 23, Saint Clement's Day. The city of San Clemente, in Orange County, California, is named after the island. Maritime-adapted Native American cultures occupied the island for most of that time, until their removal by California's Spanish Colonists. The 19th and early 20th centuries brought periods of sea otter and seal hunting, whaling, sheep ranching, smuggling, and use by the Chinese abalone industry. Since 1934, the island has been owned and operated by the United States Navy and is used as a training facility. The island itself is not open to the public. However, the coves around the island are visited year-round by divers and fishermen attracted by the abundant sea life.

Santa Catalina Island (Catalina) is approximately an hour and a half by boat from southern Orange County and is one of the eight California Channel Islands visited from San Clemente. Catalina was originally
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discovered in 1542 by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and the island was named San Salvador, after his ship. However, Spanish explorer Vizcaino renamed it Santa Catalina in November, 1602. Today, Catalina is home to approximately 3,500 full residents and welcomes nearly 1,000,000 visitors annually.
 
Erected by Pier Pride.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationHispanic AmericansNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1602.
 
Location. 33° 25.062′ N, 117° 37.419′ W. Marker is in San Clemente, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from San Clemente Pier, 0.1 miles west of San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Clemente CA 92672, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of San Clemente Lifeguards (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Clemente Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Cristianita (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Clemente World War II Honor Roll (approx. 0.6 miles away); San Clemente (approx.
San Clemente Island & Catalina Island Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis
2. San Clemente Island & Catalina Island Marker
0.9 miles away); Panhe: Place by the Water (approx. 2.4 miles away); Basilone Road (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Clemente.
 
Adjacent dedication plaque (left of the marker in this listing) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis
3. Adjacent dedication plaque (left of the marker in this listing)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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