USD History Professor Iris Engstrand Published " California’s Most Famous Explorer Is Not Who You Think He Is"

A celebrated local historian debunks myths about Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Monday, August 13, 2018

San Diego Magazine

The name is omnipresent in San Diego. Cabrillo National Monument. Cabrillo Freeway (better known as the 163). The Maritime Museum’s replica of Cabrillo’s ship, San Salvador. Not to mention an entire Cabrillo Festival every September by the bay. This year’s celebration, its 55th, takes place in Ensenada and San Diego on September 17 and 28, respectively, commemorating the explorer’s arrival on those shores in 1542, 11 days apart. But perhaps most significant of all is that this year’s event will set straight the history of Cabrillo himself.

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