By John Steinbeck
• Born in Salinas, • TC .
• In 1902
• Attended Stanford
• Committed to social
• Writing raised social
• Short but rich
• Strong, compelling
characters and events
• Successful morality
• Championing the
characters and family
peninsula in the
A Cove on the Pacific side of Baja
Explorations: The first Spanish explorers of Baja California discovered a
native Indian population of 40-50 thousand that was more primitive than the
developed Aztec and Mayan cultures found on the mainland. Hernan Cortez
started building ships on the Mexican west coast in 1532, near present day
Acapulco. In 1533, one of Cortez' crews mutinied, sailed west, and
accidentally discovered the Baja penninsula. This was 85 years before the
Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Exploration and settlements (La Paz) soon followed. Francisco de Ulloa
expored the coast of the Sea of Cortez and sailed up the west coast of Baja.
He skirmished with local Indians on Cedros Island and was lost at sea in the
bight north of the Island. 459 years later, we were pounded by rough seas in
the same place.