The Journal of San Diego History
Fall 1987, Volume 33, Number 4
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor

Book Notes

The Rediscovery of the Pueblo De Las Canoas.

By Ronald L. Rindge. Malibu, Ca.: Malibu Historical Society and The Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1985. Map. Chart. Photographs. Bibliography. 60 Pages. $8.00 Paperback.

One of the many mysteries growing out of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo’s 1542-1543 voyage along the California coast has been the location of the “pueblo de las Canoas” (the town of the canoes), which he noted on 10 October 1542. This publication, which grew out of an application to the California Historic Resources Commission for designation of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach as the site of Cabrillo’s town of canoes, covers the controversy over the site, includes pertinent excerpts from the Paez account of the Cabrillo voyage, and the development of the argument that Malibu Lagoon was the site of the town. The piece is both an interesting addition to the literature on Cabrillo and his California experiences, and a good example of historical detective work. It can be obtained from the Malibu Historical Society, P.O. Box 291, Malibu, Ca. 90265.