May 26, 2017

Today in History: Santa Catalina Island

Now see Santa Catalina, the Scenic Riviera of the U.S.A.

Today in History–November 24–the Library of Congress features Santa Catalina Island, named on this date in 1602 by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno. Known as Pimu by its native inhabitants, the island had previously been called San Salvador by its Spanish discoverer explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Find out more about this southern California island by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related resources.

Catalina Island image set

1877 Map of the County of Los Angeles, California, including Santa Catalina Island

1898 Map of the County of Los Angeles, California, including Santa Catalina Island

Wilson’s guide to Avalon the beautiful, and the Island of Santa Catalina 1913

Wilson’s guide to Avalon the beautiful, and the Island of Santa Catalina, condensed version, 1914

Catalina Island: historic newspaper coverage through 1922

U.S. legislation related to Santa Catalina Island

Caught Our Eyes: A Fish Tale? Picture This blog, August 1, 2013

Related resources

Today in History: Los Angeles

State Spotlight: California primary source collections

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