#128:  Landing Place of Sebastian Vizcaino and Fray Junipero Serra

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Monterey State Historic Park, SW of of intersection of Artillery and Pacific Sts, Monterey

36.604386, -121.895312




Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

Having entered the harbor the previous evening with his three small vessels, Sebastian Vizcaino landed here on December 17, 1602. Mass was sung by three Carmelite friars and the country taken in the name of the King of Spain. On the same spot, Fray Junípero Serra landed from the San Antonio on June 3, 1770 to join Captain Gaspar de Portolá and Fray Juan Crespí, who had arrived from San Diego overland a week before, in founding the Mission San Carlos de Borroméo de Monterey and the Presidio of Monterey.

From the plaque:

On June 3 1770 near this spot Don Gaspar de Portola, soldier explorer patriot of Spain, founded the presidio and settlement of Monterey.

Tablet placed by California Centennial Commission. Base provided by Monterey History & Art Association. Dedicated June 3 1949.

2009 David Schmitt