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A Walk in
San Jose del Cabo






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San Jose del Cabo is an authentic Mexican town, settled near the ocean along the San Jose Estuary, and on nearby hills. The logs of Spanish galleons in the 1500's refer to the estuary as "aguada segura", or "safe watering place". San Jose was an important stop for sailors low on provisions. Pirates landed here for fresh water, and hid nearby to ambush Spanish galleons, loaded with Mexican gold and silver, sailing from Acapulco to the Phillipines to buy silks and spices.

In 1587, Thomas of Cavendish, a British pirate, sacked the "invincible" galleon Santa Ana and put 190 survivors ashore at the estuary. That prompted King Phillip II of Spain to protect Spanish shipping by sending soldiers and Jesuit missionaries to colonize Baja California.

Despite the abundance of fresh water, Pericú warriors prevented establishment of a mission at San Jose until 1730. A few years later, the mission's founder, Jesuit padre Nicolás Tamaral, was slaughtered along with his party by the Pericú. The event is commemorated in a mural above the church entrance.

The settlement was named for St. Joseph, the namesake of one of the colony's early benefactors. Boulevard Mijares, the town's main street, is named for a military leader who died while bravely holding off U. S. troops, during the war against Mexico in 1847.

Today, San Jose is the Los Cabos "county seat", a busy center for commerce, agriculture, government, fishing and tourism. The influx of foreign (and Mexican) tourists, retirees and investors in recent years has resulted in an economic boom and rapid growth that continues today.

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