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Title Relacion del biaxe dela California, hecho por el cappn. Francisco de Horttega cabo dela fregatta nombrada la Madre Luissa de la Ascención y el cappn. Esteban Carbonel, piloto deella y deel dho. viaje. Este año de 1632 [manuscript]
Author Carbonell de Valenzuela, Esteban
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: A copy of Esteban Carbonell de Valenzuela’s account of the expedition led by Francisco de Ortega from Acaponeta, near Mazatlán, up the western coast of Mexico and around the southern tip of Baja California, between February 27 and June 23, 1632. Carbonell, the pilot of the expedition, begins by referring to previous voyages of Tomás de Cardona, Juan de Iturbe, and Martín de Lezama, all of whom had undertaken the exploration of California in search of pearl-fisheries. Ortega managed to secure permission from the Viceroy of New Spain, the marqués de Cerralbo, and on February 27, 1632, sailed north along the Mexican coast, across the gulf to the Bay of La Paz, and around Cape San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Carbonell describes the Indians of the area, as well as the geography of the southern coast; and mentions their discovery of oyster beds near the island of Cerralvo and salt beds at Salina. The report indicates that strong winds forced the ship to turn homeward on June 23, 1632.
Names Ortega, Francisco de; Madre Luisa de la Ascensión [ship]; Cardona, Tomás de; Iturbe, Juan de; Lezama, Martín de
Places Acaponeta, Mexico; Bay of La Paz, Cape San Lucas, Jacques Cousteau Island, Baja, California, United States; Spain
Keywords personal account, expedition, discovery, travel, travelogue, Mexican, Spain, observation, geographical survey, transportation
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area California, Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1055
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue