Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Spanish Community
Historic Cannery Row
The first Spanish migrant generation established a pattern of movement between Monterey and the Santa Clara Valley, where they harvested fruit and prune orchards between fishing seasons. In the canneries, a Spanish migrant might work as a boilerman, whistling crews to work when a fresh catch arrived, or a seamer, sealing the oval sardine cans. They helped sardine production grow to 1,400,000 cases by 1918.
In their limited free time, single men smoked hand-rolled cigarettes of Tobacco de la Libre, read the Spanish newspaper La Prensa and conversed with their countrymen. They played the songs of their homeland on guitars and mandolins while sharing the muscatel wine that was produced in neighborhood garages.
Location. 36° 37.026′ N, 121° 54.089′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Bruce Ariss Way. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Day in the Canneries (here, next to this marker); The Japanese Community (a few steps from this marker); The Real “Docs” (a few steps from this marker); One Man, Two Worlds (a few steps from this marker); The Filipino Community (a few steps from this marker); John Steinbeck (within shouting distance of this marker); Jone Quock Mui (within shouting distance of this marker); Ed Ricketts’s Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.