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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sails on from Christmas, Mexico on June 27, 1542 with three Spanish ships and lands on what is now San Diego Bay, which he named "San Miguel," on the 28th September. He expored the California coast claiming it for Spain and suffered a fatal fall on Catalina Island, CA, in January of 1543. In his honor, the National Park Service operates Cabrillo National Monument, overlooking the bay from Point Loma in San Diego, commemorating his first landing in California

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Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, sailed from Christmas, Mexico on June 27, 1542 with three Spanish ships and landed in what is today the Bay of San Diego, which he called "San Miguel", on September 28. He explored the coast of California claiming it for Spain and suffered a fatal fall on Catalina Island, CA, in January 1543. In his honor, the National Park Service operates Cabrillo National Monument, overlooking Point Loma Bay in San Diego, commemorating his first landing in California.

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