Juan José Pérez Hernández explores Alaska

With his crew and ship Santiago, Juan José Pérez Hernández (1725 –1775) departed from New Spain (South America) on January 25, 1777 to explore the northwestern coast of North America, part of Spain’s empire.  He reached the area that was later designated as Anchorage, Alaska, and explored islands around Vancouver.  Perez named a mountain peak in the US State of Washington as Cerro Nevado de Santa Rosalía (“Snowy Peak of St. Rosalia”).  This name was changed to Mount Olympus.  Juan Perez Sound in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, Canada, is named for him.

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