Golden_Gate_Bridge_From_WaterIt is interesting that Europeans sailed up and down the coast of California for nearly 200 years before the bay was finally discovered by a land party.

The first of these was in 1542 when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing the Spanish ship San Salvador traveled up the California coast. Later Cabrillo’s pilot, Bartolome Ferrelo sailed past the Bay twice more without seeing it although he is credited with sighting the Farallon Islands which lie just off the mouth of the Bay.

A few years later, in 1579, Francis Drake, the English privateer who was to become a knight, landed at is what is now called Drake’s bay and became the first European to land on the Northern California coast.

In 1595, another Portuguese captain, Sebastian Cermeno, sailing under the Spanish Flag, anchored in Drake’s Bay. He named it La Bahia de San Francisco. Two hundred years later, a land party traveling up the coast came upon San Francisco Bay and thought it was the harbor that Cermeno had discovered.

That error was not corrected until Juan Manuel de Ayala became the first European to sail into the bay in 1775. But the earlier name stuck and San Francisco Bay was permanently named.

Jim was born in Oakland and with the exception of his 7 years in the Air Force, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area his entire life. He is an avid fan of San Francisco and its surrounds and enjoys the beauty, culture and diversity it affords. He enjoys being able to take day trips to the ocean, the desert or to some of the highest peaks on the continent. He likes having the ability to travel from a metropolis with millions of people to a quiet spot with only nature around him within a few hours of driving time.