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Cape Crusaders, Part II: 10 Key Figures in Los Cabos History

Cape Crusaders, Part II: 10 Key Figures in Los Cabos History Any survey of the most important figures in the history of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo necessarily starts in the Spanish colonial period–there were no records before then–but ultimately reaches its zenith during the region’s “golden age of tourism,” […]

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Cape Crusaders: 10 Key Figures in Los Cabos History

Cape Crusaders: 10 Key Figures in Los Cabos History Los Cabos has a long history, and has been inhabited, loosely speaking, for more than 10,000 years. For the vast majority of that time it was the territory of hunter gatherers called the Pericú. Very few names of Pericúes are known to us now, and those that […]

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A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part IV: Rebellion of the Pericúes and the Pioneer Families of Los Cabos

A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part IV: Rebellion of the Pericúes and the Pioneer Families of Los Cabos In the immediate aftermath of the October 1734 killing of Jesuit missionaries Lorenzo Caranco and Nicolás Tamaral—in Santiago and San José del Cabo, respectively—the southernmost missions of Baja California were in ruins. Not only had two […]

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A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part III: The Age of Jesuit Mission Building

A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part III: The Age of Jesuit Mission Building Although Hernan Cortés had landed in La Paz by 1535, and present-day San José del Cabo was a frequent stopping point along the world’s most lucrative trade route by the latter part of the 16th century, the first permanent settlement on […]

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A Brief History of Los Cabos: 30 Million Years at Land’s End

A Brief History of Los Cabos: 30 Million Years at Land’s End The granite rock formations that extend to Land End in Cabo San Lucas have, over time, become much more than mere boundary markers or evocatively shaped oddities. The jutting promontory is a living symbol of the city, a sort of cinematic shorthand; and […]

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A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part II: The Galleon Trade and the Golden Age of Piracy

A Brief History of Los Cabos, Part II: The Galleon Trade and the Golden Age of Piracy For thousands of years, the only contact the Pericú—the original inhabitants of the southernmost part of Baja California Sur—had with the outside world were occasional parlays or skirmishes with their territorial neighbors, the Guaycura, and perhaps, on waterborne […]

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