(Encyclopedia) Mendocino, Cape m?nd?s?n?, 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? (Encyclopedia) Santa Catalina s?nt? k?t??l?n? or Catalina Island, S Calif., one of the Channel Islands, off Huntington Beach, Calif. It is a resort island, 22 mi (35 km) long and 1 to 8 mi (1.6?12.? (Encyclopedia) Channel Islands or Santa Barbara Islandss?nt? brbr?, ?b?r?, chain of eight rugged islands and many islets, extending c.150 mi (240 km) along the S Calif. coast from Point Conception? (Encyclopedia) Alvarado, Pedro de p??r? d? lvr??, 1486?1541, Spanish conquistador. He went to Hispaniola (1510), sailed in the expedition (1518) of Juan de Grijalva, and was the chief lieutenant? (Encyclopedia) San Diego s?n d??g?, city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring? (Encyclopedia) California k?l??frny?, most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and? 1513 After Juan Ponce de Len, a Spanish explorer, helped conquer what is now the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, he secured a commission to conquer and colonize the island of "Bimini", an? Notable Explorers Christopher Columbus See also Columbus and Other Explorers Notable Women Adventurers People in the NewsRecent Obituaries Related Links Quiz: Explorers Quiz:?