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Near Winterhaven in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hernando De Alarcon Expedition - 1540

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. Hernando De Alarcon Expedition Marker
Inscription. Alarcon's mission was to provide supplies for Francisco Coronado's expedition in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. The Spaniards led by Hernando De Alarcon ascended the Colorado River by boat from the Gulf of California past this point, thereby becoming the first non-Indians to sight Alta California on September 5, 1540.

California registered Historical Landmark No. 568

 
Erected 1982 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Quechan Tribal Council, The Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial Valley Pioneers, and Squibob Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 568.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 44.242′ N, 114° 43.006′ W. Marker is near Winterhaven, California, in Imperial County. Marker is on Interstate 186 mile south of U.S. 8, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Take Exit 166 off of I-8. Marker is in this post office area: Winterhaven CA 92283, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Battalion Crossing / Colorado River Crossing (approx. 1.8 miles away in Arizona); Site of Camp Pilot Knob
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By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
2. Hernando De Alarcon Expedition Marker
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Immaculate Conception Parish (approx. 4.1 miles away in Arizona); U.S. Army of the West — Mormon Battalion (approx. 4.2 miles away in Arizona); Yuma Crossing (approx. 5.4 miles away in Arizona); Robert G. Fowler (approx. 5.5 miles away in Arizona); a different marker also named Robert G. Fowler (approx. 5.5 miles away in Arizona); Yuma Crossing Park (approx. 5.5 miles away in Arizona).
 
Regarding Hernando De Alarcon Expedition - 1540. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.568 on
April 1, 1957.
 
Additional comments.
1. Hernando D' (ah-lar-kon') Alarcon
ALARCON, Hernando d' (ah-lar-kon'), Spanish navigator, born early in the 16th century. He sailed from New Spain in May 1540 with two ships and a tender along the western coast of America, under instructions from Mendoza, the viceroy, to aid the land expedition of Coronado, which set out at the same time, in search of the seven cities of Cibola. He made a careful survey of the shoreline of the Californian peninsula, previously
Hernando De Alarcon Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
3. Hernando De Alarcon Expedition Marker
supposed to be an island, and returned to New Spain in 1541, having failed to meet the land expedition according to the plan. He also discovered the Colorado River, ascended that difficult stream for 100 miles, and took possession of the country in the name of Charles distributing crosses among the natives as a missionary of the Church, telling them that he was the "messenger of the sun." His charts and observations, supplementing those of Ulloa, accurately represented the configuration of California.
Source: Famous Americans - http://www.famousamericans.net/hernandodalarcon/
    — Submitted March 27, 2010.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,032 times since then and 121 times this year. Last updated on September 12, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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