Sunday, March 16, 2008

From the Director

Today once again the 1803 flag of Spain was raised (alongside the flag of the US) to commemorate the historic Battle of San Diego Bay. The Naval Base Point Loma, the Casa De Espana, and the Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation were sponsors of this event. Our connection to Spain began long before that battle when Cabrillo's expedition landed here and claimed the land as property of the King of Spain. Then, it was called San Miguel, renamed later by Vizcaino as San Diego. In 1769 the Spanish Fort Guijarros named for the cobblestones that lay on the waterfront was constructed. To learn more about the battle, search for the American brig "Leila Byrd" and the reason why the Spanish cannons were fired at this trespassing ship. A California Registered Landmark serves to remind us of the history which took place on this site.
I have been very fortunate to have been a part of the Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation since 1980. Contact me if you have any questions about this organization.


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