The Landmark Project: CHL# 128

CHL# 128 LANDING PLACE OF SEBASTIAN VIZCAINO AND FRAY JUNÍPERO SERRA

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.

Christine’s Note:  I walked all over this state historic park and could not find any plaque for the actual landing spot.  The above plaque near the harbor was the only thing I could find that referenced the landing, so I took a picture of that and the harbor. 

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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