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EXPLORATIONS - In the City by the Bay, Celebrating the History of a Harbor and Its Sailors By Paul Thompson / Broadcast date: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Source: /voanews/specialenglish/ VOICE ONE: This is Gwen Outen. VOICE TWO: And this is Bob Doughty with EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English. Today we tell about the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. This unusual national park celebrates the great harbor of San Francisco, California. It also celebrates the men and women who sailed the ships that made this harbor famous. (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: Our story begins long ago in October, seventeen sixty-nine. A group of Spanish explorers have come north from Mexico. They are moving slowly up the coast of the territory of California. The governor of California, Gaspar de Portola, leads the group. The men and horses are tired. It has been a long trip. Governor de Portola decides to rest for a few days. But he still wants to explore the area. He orders a young man to take some soldiers and search to the north for a few kilometers. The young man is Jose Francisco Ortega. VOICE TWO: On the morning of November second, seventeen sixty- nine, Ortega leads his small group of soldiers up a hill. What they see from the top of the hill makes them stop. There, below them, is a body of water. They are looking at a huge bay. Its waters seem Gaspar de Portola to stretch for many kilometers to the north, south and east. The waters are very calm. When the small group of soldiers reports to Governor de Portola, they are excited. They tell him of a huge natural harbor. A Spanish religious worker reports the harbor is so large it could hold all of the ships of Europe. VOICE ONE: Six years after the huge bay was discovered, the Spanish ship San Carlos is sailing north along the coast of California. Juan Manuel de Ayala commands the ship. As the little ship sails along the coast, one of the crew reports to de Ayala. He says there is a huge ope

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