Oct 12, 1492
Christopher Columbus sets sailChristopher Columbus sets sail to discover the rest of the world
Jan 12, 1521
Hernando Cortez attacks AztecsHernando Cortez attacks the Aztec indians, steals their gold, silver, and jewel, tore down the city of Tenochititlan and renamd it New Spain.
Jan 1, 1535
Hernando Cortez reaches Baja CaliforniaHernando Cortez reaches Baja California thinking it was an island.
Jun 12, 1542
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sails out to explore Alta CaliforniaCabrillo Set out from Mexico to explore where Spain later named Alta California.
Sep 12, 1542
Cabrillo and his crew land in San Diego BayCabrillo's ship that carried 250 sailors and soldiers reach San Diego Bay and meet Chumash indians.
Dec 12, 1577
Francis Drake sets sail for New SpainFrancis Drake sets sail for New Spain where he attacked Spanish ships and settlemenets and took their gold and other riches.
Sebastian Viscaino sails to Monteray BayViscaino sails to Monteray Bay in Alta California.