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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family-friendly Park Ranger programs highlighting Spanish explorers and settlement in the Bay Area. Discover stories of sea captains and traders, and learn how Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures interacted with each other.
Various dates, from September 20 through October 4, 2015 (see Programs below).
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Standard ships admission fees apply: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under (accompanied by an adult), free. Free with national park passes.
Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo and His Venture into the Unknown of Alta California
Sunday,September 20/27 and Oct. 4, 3:00-3:45pm, on Balclutha. Wheelchair accessible.
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer, set sail from Baja California northbound
to Alta California. He went further north than anyone before him, and though he would not return from this voyage, most of his men would. The discoveries they made were not only of new lands and people, but also of the extreme and threatening conditions that would challenge mariners sailing the West Coast for hundreds of years to come.
Skin in the Game: Boots of Spanish Leather, Beaver-skin Hats, and Blue Mandarin Robes Trimmed with Sea Otter Fur
Saturday,September 19 and October 3, 3:00-3:45pm, on C. A. Thayer.
Learn about the maritime trade relationships between Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Imperial Russia, Great Britain, and the American Republic between 1812 and 1848.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, includes a magnificent fleet of historicships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the park seeks to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP.