June 21 2002

Cabrillo National Monument Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Launch Exhibit, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and the Age of Exploration, on the 460th Anniversary of the Launching of the Historic Cabrillo Expedition

Superintendent Terry M. DiMattio of the National Park Service (NPS) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch its new exhibit, Juan Rodríguez and the Age of Exploration, on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 10:30 AM at Cabrillo National Monument.

This free, interactive, new exhibit replaces a 35-year-old exhibit. It introduces the 16th century conquistadors who explored the Americas in service of the king of Spain, placing them in the context of the Native American Indian people who they encountered and addressing some of the impacts of those encounters. The exhibit focuses on the life of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, particularly his 1542-1543 voyage of exploration from Mexico up the coast of what is now California, but also addresses 16th century navigation and shipboard life.

Stated DiMattio “on June 27, 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo launched his historic voyage of exploration from Navidad, Mexico up the west coast of what is now California. It is appropriate that 460 years later the National Park Service is launching this exhibit. We are very excited about this major advance in Cabrillo National Monument’s ability to tell the story of Cabrillo and other 16th century explorers, the Native American Indian people that they encountered, and their lasting legacy for our visitors. NPS staff, our cooperating association and contractors have worked hard to make this exhibit educational, historically accurate and thought provoking. We are indebted to the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation for helping make this exhibit a reality. We invite families, scholars, schools and the public to come experience this exhibit.”

Cabrillo National Monument was created by presidential proclamation signed by President Woodrow Wilson on October 14, 1913 to commemorate the 1542 voyage of exploration and accomplishments of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and communicate this story and its significance to visitors and local residents.

Cabrillo National Monument is located on Point Loma at the south end of Catalina Boulevard (California Highway 209), and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On Thursday, June 27th, the regular entrance fee will be waived until 12:00 Noon. After that, there is a $5.00 per vehicle and $3.00 per walk-in, bicyclist or motorcyclist entrance fee. For additional information, call (619) 557-5450 or TTY (619) 222-8211, or visit their web site at http://www.nps.gov/cabr/

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