#568:  Hernando de Alarcon Expedition

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Algondes Rd, State Hwy 186 (P.M. 0.4), 0.5 mi S of I-8, 0.4 mi N of Andrade Border, Andrade





State Plaque



From the plaque:

Alarcón'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 Alarcón 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.

Plaque placed by the 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, October 10, 1982.

©2009 David Schmitt