Statue honoring Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (ca. 1499 – January 3, 1543) was a Portuguese or Spanish conquistador and explorer, known as João Rodrigues Cabrilho in Portuguese, noted for his exploration of the west coast of North America while sailing for Spain. Cabrillo was the first European explorer to navigate the coast of present day California in the United States. He also helped found the city of Oaxaca, in Mexico.

 

-Wikipedia

 

Cabrillo National Monument

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