Mendocino, Cape mĕndəsē´nō [key], westernmost point of California, c.200 mi (320 km) N of San Francisco in Humboldt co. It was discovered and named in 1543 in honor of Antonio de Mendoza by Bartolomé Ferrelo, who had succeeded Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo as commander of the Spanish voyage of exploration along the California coast.
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