Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Full Name: Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Nationality:

Portugal
Portuguese
Spain
Spanish

Profession: Conquistador and Explorer
Why Famous: The first explorer to navigate the coast of what would become California, he also explored much of the West Coast of the United States on behalf of the Spanish Empire.

Died: January 3, 1543
Cause of Death: Gangrene from an infected wound suffered when he stumbled on a jagged rock

Historical Events in the Life of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

  • 1542-06-27 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire
  • 1542-09-28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain
  • 1542-10-07 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast of California