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European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542) Options
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European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542)

In 1520, Cabrillo, an explorer in the service of Spain, landed in Mexico and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Some 20 years later, he accompanied an expedition up the west coast of Mexico, assuming its command after the death of its original commander. He then proceeded to explore much of the coast of what is now the state of California, becoming the first European to do so. How far north did he get before complications from a broken bone, possibly gangrene, took his life? More...
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European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542)
In 1520, Cabrillo, an explorer in the service of Spain, landed in Mexico and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Some 20 years later, he accompanied an expedition up the west coast of Mexico, assuming its command after the death of its original commander. He then proceeded to explore much of the coast of what is now the state of California, becoming the first European to do so.
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European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542)
In 1520, Cabrillo, an explorer in the service of Spain, landed in Mexico and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Some 20 years later, he accompanied an expedition up the west coast of Mexico, assuming its command after the death of its original commander. He then proceeded to explore much of the coast of what is now the state of California, becoming the first European to do so.
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Really. In 1562, he discovered California? What about the hundreds of thousands, likely over a million people already living in California? Surely, their ancestors should be considered the discoverers of California. What señor Cabrillo did is meet a people and culture previously unknown to him. This meeting resulted, in the succeeding two centuries (by ~1770) in not the decimation, which implies the death of one in ten people, but in the death of half the population, five in ten of the original, native American (American Indian) settlers of California.

Deaths occurred in large part due to the introduction of Eurasian diseases, against which the native population had no immunity. Death also, however, occurred wherever European (including early Spanish) settlements were founded. Indians were hunted, captured, driven off their lands and farms, and enslaved. Indians here, as in all other parts of what later became the United States, had to give up settled life. Settlements were too vulnerable to attack by armored soldiers with guns and could not be effectively defended by original settlers with spears, bows, and arrows.

The idea that California was sitting there, unused, waiting for some European to come along and "discover" it, whether the Spanish in the sixteenth century or the mostly English-descended U.S. citizens, who came in the nineteenth century is offensively eurocentric. It excuses those of us, alive now, who descend from those Europeans. It allows us to ignore the real wrongs done, the enduring damage and the disadvantage at which we placed the real owners of the land we stole. The debt we owe to the real original settlers of the Western Hemisphere has not been repaid and they still exist at severe disadvantage, of our causing, within and adjacent to current society.
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