Spanish Landing Park Marks the Spot Where the Conquerors from the Portola-Serra Expedition Landed

Spanish Landing Park Marks the Spot Where the Conquerors from the Portola-Serra Expedition Landed nuestro stories

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The port of San Diego is home to many things. Amazing food, beautiful ocean views, a busy thoroughfare of people, and historical landmarks that tell the tale of the port as it’s existed throughout the years. 

One of the most significant pieces of history marked along San Diego’s sunny shore is Spanish Landing Park. 

What’s so special about Spanish Landing Park?

As the name may give away, Spanish Landing Park is the historical site in which the Spanish colonizers, during their second wave of colonization, came ashore on the land now known as California in the 1700s. As it stands today, of course, the area has been modernized – with beautiful vistas, outdoor art displays, and comfortable beaches. With such picturesque views and wonderful surroundings, it’s almost impossible to imagine what the land must have looked like those hundreds of years ago when the Spanish first set foot – both by land and by the sea – on the shores of Alta. 

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In a similar fashion to the historical marker located at Plymouth Rock, the infamous landing sight of the first wave of the English, in 1976 the San Diego Unified Port District, along with the California parks and recreation department, placed a land marker to commemorate the place where, in essence, the history of the West Coast, forever changed. The plaque along the park's shoreline reads:

“Near this point, sea and land parties of the Portola-Serra Expedition met. Two ships, the San Antonio and San Carlos, anchored on May 4-5, 1769. The scurvy-weakened survivors of the voyage established a camp, where on May 14th and July 1, they greeted the overland parties coming overland from Baja California. Together, they began the Spanish occupation of Alta California.”

Spanish Landing Park is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. 

Location: San Diego, California 92101

Address: 3900 N Harbor Dr. 

Virtually experience it here. 

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Olivia Monahan Chicana journalist, editor, educator, and organizer in Sacramento whose sole focus is to shed light on stories on our most impacted and marginalized communities, but even more importantly, for those stories to humanize those normally left out. She is an Ida B Wells Investigative Journalism Fellow 2022 Finalist, a member of the Parenting Journalists Society, and has bylines in The Courier, The Sacramento Bee, The Americano, Submerge Magazine among others.