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The early explorers who came ashore and saw the naked Indian woman and believed they were the Amazon women of another continent named California What is the history of California and Arizona Most people think of the 49ers and the Gold that they found in northern California during the 1800s The 49ers were not the first of the colonial settlers it was the Spanish with the aid of the Catholic church With the expeditions of Cabrillo Cortez and men like Blonaquez they set the foundation for California and Arizona on distant lands long before they were even known to exist Settlement of California colonial settlement of Arizona and the formalization implementation and success or failure of the settlements was all due to the Spanish Christians Miguel Lopez de Legpazi and Fray Andes de Urdaneta firt went to see the west coast starting from Mexico They wanted to establish a base in the far western islands which Magellan had spotted in 1521 Legazpi died in 1572 After the Spanish conquest of the Philippines was effectively stable The Spaniards became more interested in the west coast as a buffer for their more valuable because of trespassers Firstthere was Francis Drake whos presence in California in 1579 put fear into the Spanish like no other Thomas Cavendish in 1586 raided the Pacific coast of America including southern end of Baja California Fray Padre Antoni De la Ascension became chronicler of the Spaanish expedition and provided prosperity with one of the most interesting description of California and its settlers They began out of Acapulco and they sailed along the Mexican coast By November when they reached San Diego Bay They built a hut there and there was a big feast in honor of Senor San Diego In November they took off and hit places like Catalina Island named after Sanata Catalin and the Bay of Monterey The Spanish however never found the real prize the Bay of San
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