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

Don Caspar de Portolá

 
 
Don Caspar de Portola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
1. Don Caspar de Portola Marker
Inscription.
On June 3, 1770
near this spot
Don Caspar de Portolá
Soldier Explorer Patriot
of Spain
Founded
the Presidio and settlement
of
Monterey

 
Erected 1949 by California Centennial Commission and Monterey History & Art Association.
 
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.
 
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); Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); 400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno (about 300 feet away); Crescent Brand Sardine Company
Don Caspar de Portola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
2. Don Caspar de Portola Marker
(about 400 feet away); Perry House (about 500 feet away); John “Bricky” Crivello (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 San Jose, 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 San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Landing Place of Vizcaino and Serra Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
3. Landing Place of Vizcaino and Serra Monument.
This monument commemorates the Landing Place of Sebastian Vizcaino and Fray Junipero Serra at Monterey in 1602 (Vizcaino) and 1770 (Serra). It is located near the intersection of Pacific and Artillery Streets. The monument is California Registered Historical Landmark # 128.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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