Getting wind of a good thing, the Portuguese and Filipinos in the form Pedro de Unamuno and his crew in his galleon, Nuestra Senora de Esperanza arrived in 1587. Explorers like to name things, so he called this chunk of land Luzon Indios. This name lasted only a few days since he made the mistake most tourists make: He aggravated the natives. The group was attacked by native Indians two days later, and one of the Filipinos was killed. After getting mugged, Unamuno and his crew gave up further exploration of this part of the coast. For the most part all these out of towners left the place alone once they knew it was there and the local indians gave up mugging since there weren't any tourists in need of a good bashing.
The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming
Russian fur traders had started working their way down the coast from Alaska and by 1765 had gotten as far as the Farallon Islands off of San Francisco. Even though they weren't using it, Spain got it's international panties in a twist and quickly made plans for colonizing Alta California. A dual land and sea thrust was planned to settle Monterey with a stop at San Diego on the way. Plans were drawn up by the King's personal agent in New Spain (Mexico), Inspector-General José de Gálvez. The project leader was to be the recently appointed governor of Baja California Don Gaspár de Portolá. In charge of the missionaries would be Blessed Junipero Serra who immediately made slaves of the local indians and put them to work planting crops and building missions in the interest of turning them into good Christians.
This pushed the Russians back up north to Fort Ross and the status quo of making a lot of money off of furs. The Spaniards settled in making a huge amount of money provisioning ships going to and from Europe by keeping them supplied with agricultural products and cattle while living the good life in California for the next 100 years. And then all hell broke loose!
To Be Continued...