[2015] Jacob Crumley: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (Jacob)

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[2015] Jacob Crumley: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (Jacob)

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was supposedly born.1500

Cabrillo leaves to lead expedition.June 27, 1542

Cabrillo is convinced to go on expedition by Pánfilo de Narváez. 1518

Cabrillo dies.Janruary, 1543

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

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What Was He Looking For?Cabrillo went on an expedition for five reasons. For one, he wanted gold. Secondly, he loved adventure. Thirdly, he wanted new, rich lands to live on. He also was looking for the Northwest Passage for the Spanish and he needed to do this before the English and the French did. Finally, he believed that he could prove that California was not an island.What Did He Discover?Cabrillo discovered that California was not an island. He did not find anything else that he was looking for, but he did have a great adventure.Why Was His Expedition Important? Cabrillo's expedition was important because his claiming of California for Spain gave the Spanish an important foothold on the North American mainland and helped Spain conquer Cuba, Mexico, and Guantemala. Also, he led the first voyage up the coast of California.

Birth/DeathCabrillo's birth date is a mystery, but scientists have made an educated guess to be about 20 years old by 1520. Where he is from is a mystery also. Some people believe he was Spanish, others think he was Portuguese. Rodriguez died on January third, 1543, from a deadly wound that he was injured from in an attack by the Chumash Indian tribe.SponserCabrillo's expedition was sponsored or paid for by Antonio de Mendoza, the Viceroy of New Spain.Interesting FactsRodriguez was very handy with crossbows.He was also great at ship building. He was an outstanding horseman. In the month of September, 1542, modern day San Diego Bay was named after one of his ships. In that same year, he named two offshore islands, Vittoria and San Salvador, which were later renamed San Clemente and Santa Catalina.

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