Michael A. Stecker


Cabrillo National Monument
The monument is adacent to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.


Statue of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
This heroic statue of Juan Cabrillo looking out over the bay was executed by sculptor Alvaro de Bree for the Portuguese Government in 1939,
who then donated it to the United States. The limestone monument is 14 feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds.
Portuguese: João Rodrigues Cabrilho; ca. March 13, 1499 – January 3, 1543
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