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I Watson From page 1 or when be was born or who his parents were; two factors that lead historians to believe he was not born. to any semblance of nobility or wealth. In fact, for many -years even his nationality was in doubt. Many his- torians originally believed he was Portagues e and not Spanish and it's not uncommon to still find referenc- es to the Portuguese version of his name, "Jo'l Rodrigues Cabrilho" in old history books. This asser- tion, however, has been basically debunked and explained as an error attributed to a single historian or pages of ship's logs, legal docu- ments and assorted statements by Spanish seafarers "and land-own- ers in the New World. According to the Archivo, the Native Americans of what is now Catalina Island referred-to their home as "Limu," often translit- erated as "Pimu." The crew of Cabrillo's fleet referred to Limu variously as "La Isla Capitana," "Isla de Juan Rodriguez" or by the official name that Cabrillo conferred upon the island--"San Salvador." Confused yet? Things got bad for Juan Cabrillo on Christmas Eve 1542 when a shore party ran into trouble with the locals while going ashore at perhaps even to a printing error. ,,islaCapitana."(Althoughrelation s It has commonly been b elieved. - w'rtthose early Catalina Islanders over the years that San i had started out well, Miguel Island off the predictably perhaps, Ventura County coast is " they eventuallv sour d where the indefatigable :g and Cabrillo's confi- explorer met his doom dant and fellow seaman and was forever interred, i Francisco de Vargas at But a growing number one point recalled "all of historians believe that the time that the Armada he actually died at and is  -| was on the Isla Capitana buried on--you guessed Jim Watson the Indians there never it--Catalina Island. Columnist stopped fighting us.") Most of the confusion surrounding his eternal where- abouts stems from the fact that the official log of his voyage to California in 1542 was-lost. To add insult to ignorance, early explorers had the nasty habit of applying more than one name to places they had visited and there is some confusion as to which islands, they are referring to in their traipses around California's Channel Islands. Most of what we know about Cabrillo's voyage" comes from a document called the Archivo General de los Indios, a deliciously monstrous volume of forgotten lore consisting of 70,000 Remember, accord- ing to the Archivo, whenever either Vargas or fallow ship's officer Lazaro Cardenas referred to "Isla Capitana" they were talking about Catalina, an island Cardenas described as "the most important island discovered on the expedition and the headquarters for all the fleet." Heedless of his own safety, Captain Cabrillo led a rescue party to shore, but as Cabrillo was de-boating on the island's rocky shore, he "splintered a shin- bone" and possibly broke his arm. Although everyone made it back to the ship in one piece, Cabrillo was doomed by the gangrene that BIRTHDAYS developed in his leg. On Jan. 3, 1543, Cabrillo died and, accoTding to the Archvo, was buried onthe island. "Because he died there," wrote Cardenas, "the island retained the name 'Capitana', although some referred to it as 'La Isla de Juan Rodriguez"' Sounds pretty straight forward to me, Catalina burial-wise. So where did anyone get it in their noggin that Cabrillo was buried on San Miguel Island, including a civic ] organization which put a monument there to the man in 1937 (with the Portuguese spelling of his name)? Most of this brief stems from a mysterious stone tablet that was  found on San Miguel in the spring of 1901. A lone archaeologist was wandering that windswept isle one day when he kicked what he thought was a stone metate and noticed some scribbling on one side. Those scribblings, or etch- ings, sort-of appear to form the letters "JRC," leading some to believe that this piece of rock may have been Cabrillo's headstone. Many historians and archae- ologists, however, have called into question the authenticity of the tablet, especially since the phrase "Follow Me on Twitter!" appears beneath the letters. Various expeditions to find Cabr!llo's grave have been launched over the past 150 years to not only San Miguel and Catalina islands, but--just to be on the safe side--to Santa Cruz Island and Santa Rosa Island as well. But, alas, not a shred of evidence one way or the other has ever been found. Got a weird story about Catalina? Send it to us at ed@cinews, us or mail it to Mysteous Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704: JUNE 1 Leticia Alvarez-Sanchez Audriana Vojkovich-Bombard Mattea Vojkovich-Bombard Stella Ivory Brian J. Burke Roboy McCormick Christina Romo JUNE 2 Kenny Trainer Theresa Hernandez Brian Boultinghouse Marti Winslow JUNE 3 Juan Chavez Teresa Romo JUNE 4 Andy Gonzales Alicia Castro JUNE 5 Adam Cmsillas Eve Marie Lorentzen JUNE 6 Elizabeth Cook Amanda Cook Leah Unatin Cheryl Allison Cathy Moran JUNE7 Samantha Gordon Mariano Casillas ANNiVERSARiEs JUNE 2 Nick & Nan Morrow JUNE 5 Ed & Joanna Arnold John & Denise Clay JUNE 6 Mike & Teresa Alegria JUNE 7 Jack & Cathy Sweeney Kevin & Morgan McDonald CATALINA TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IS SEEKING CHARTER OR "PRIVATE TOUR" DRIVERS. Needed on a part time and on-call basis to take customers into the In- terior of the Island. Should have knowledge of the island and the City of Avalon, we provide training as well. Applicant should enjoy talking and visiting with customers. Come by our offices at 228 Metropole Avenue for an employment application & Call 310-510-0342 for more information. Students iri Avalon High School Theater Department's =Bye Bye Birdie" will perfoi at 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, and Saturday, J'une 2 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3. The male lead playing the rock star character Conrad Birdie is Joseph Vickers above. ] I PUBLIC NOTICE EXPENDITURE LIMIT PER ARTICLE Xlll (B) OF THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION pursuant to Article Xlll (B) of the California Constitution and Gov[- ernment Code Section 7900 et. Seq., the Avalon City council sh[all consider establishing at its June 19, 2012 regular meeting, by resolu- tion an appropriations limit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. That Ill nit has been calculated to be $8,233,197 and the projected approp "ia- tions subje to the limit is $5,452,633 which is $2,780,564 unde the 2012-13 calculated limit, The documentation to Ie considered I: y the City Council in establishing the limit will be available in the Finar ce Office of the Avalon City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, from JL ne 1, 2012 to June 19, 2012, being a period of at least 15 clays prior t  the regular City Council meeting. The Finance Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..each weekday, except holidays. If further information or clarification is required, the City Manager or Finance Director for the City of Avalon should be contacted at telephone number (310) 510-0220, or at their offices in City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, California. Published Catalina Islander June 01, 2012 Posted: Avalon City Hall. 410 Avalon Canyon Road. 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