Sebastian Vizcaino

Spanish Explorer & Navigator

Born: 1550

Died: 1615

Vizcaino spent a good deal of time in Mexico seeking his fortune there first, before giving up and expanding his search further north into lower California in 1596.

In 1602-1603, Vizcaino explored and surveyed the Pacific coast north of Cape Mendocino. He discovered and named Monterrey Bay along the way, and sent a vessel to the mouth of the Columbia River at the northern tip of Oregon.

Although Vizcaino was not the first one to explore California, he did offer detailed information of the area that was not improved upon for more than 150 years. From 1611 to 1614, Vizcaino sailed to the Orient, taking missionaries to the Philippines and trying, without success, to establish trade with Japan.

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