Maritime Cultural Contributions

A painted mural depicting a sailing ship and men paddling tule reed canoes.
The San Carlos, commanded by Ayala, a captain in the Spanish Navy, being greeted by Ohlone men in tule canoes in San Francisco Bay, August 24, 1775. The ship anchored in a cove on the north side of Angel Island -- now called Ayala Cove. This mural is part of “The Waterfront” exhibit in the park’s Visitor Center.



Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15

North-Bound: The Story of Cabrillo and his venture into the unknown of Alta California
Sundays, September 20, 27, and October 4, 3-3:45pm, aboard Balclutha. $5, 15 yrs. and younger free, 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
Saturdays, September 19 and October 3, 3-3:45pm, aboard CA Thayer. $5, 15 yrs. and younger free, Wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy a program exploring the maritime trade relationships between Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Imperial Russia, Great Britain, and the American Republic between 1812 and 1848.

For more information, please call the Visitor Center Information Desk, 415-447-5000, everyday from 9:30am to 5pm.


American Latino Heritage Projects
This website highlights projects undertaken by National Park Service parks and programs as part of the Service’s commitment to telling the American Latino story. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.


As part of our effort to tell the stories of all Americans, the National Park Service has launched a series of heritage initiatives. Heritage Initiatives

Last updated: September 14, 2015

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