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Facts about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

The following Fact File contains fast information about the life of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

Interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the Exploration and the discovery of the New World leading to the colonization of America.

Fact Fact 1: Why was Fact famous and what part of America did he explore? Fact led the first European expedition to explore the upper California coast 

Fact Fact 2: When was Fact born? He was born 1475

Fact Fact 3: What was his country of origin and where was Fact born? He was born in Castile, Spain

Fact Fact 4: Fact came from humble origins and after hearing about the New World he also wanted to explore

Fact Fact 5: He first joined an expedition to the West Indies in 1502 led by Nicolas de Ovando with Diego Velazquez. The Ovando expedition consisted of 2500 soldiers and settlers and a fleet of 30 ships

Fact Fact 6: The next most important event in his life was to serve under the command of Hernando Cortes in 1519

Fact Fact 7: He accompanied Hernando Cortes on his exploration of Mexico and the conquest of the Aztec Empire

Fact Fact 8: Fact joined other Spanish military expeditions in Mexico, Guatemala, and San Salvador and then settled in Guatemala after being rewarded with a grant of land

Fact Fact 9: He made a huge success of his new life and returned to Spain 1532 where he met and married Beatriz Sanchez de Ortega

Fact Fact 10: They returned to Guatemala and had two sons. He built up a profitable ship building business

Fact Fact 11: In 1541 Antonio de Mendoza, the Viceroy of New Spain selected Cabrillo to establish a trading route between Central America and the Spice Islands

Fact Fact 12: June 24, 1542: The Cabrillo expedition sailed from the port of Navidad in Spain with three ships. Cabrillo sailed in the ship called the San Salvador (see picture of the ship above)

Fact Fact 13: He entered "uncharted waters, where no Spanish ships had been before".

Fact Fact 14: On 28 September, he landed in what is now San Diego Bay and named it "San Miguel

Fact Fact 15: He had hoped to discover a trade route connecting the North Pacific to the North Atlantic and to discover the whereabouts of the "Seven Golden Cities of Cibola" - the mythical Seven Cities of Gold

Fact Fact 16: November 23, 1542: Winter storms forced Cabrillo to turn back to San Salvador. There were skirmishes with the natives and Cabrillo fell and broke his leg

Fact Fact 17: His wound became infected and failed to heal.

Fact Fact 18: January 3, 1543: Fact died on January 3, 1543 

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