The region was named after the mythical "Queen Calafia", or after the Latin words "Cálida Fornax" (hot as a furnace), or after the mythical place mentioned in the "Sergas de Splandian", or...
The First "Conquistadores" were Spaniards in 1535. Rumors of
Amazon women and abundance of gold brought them to this land but after failing to find any of both they sailed back to the main land.
Pirates came and waited around the Cape (Cabo San Lucas) for tall ships returning from the South Pacific Islands loaded with fine goods to be delivered to Acapulco. In the year 1697 came de Company of Jesuits and a Mission was established in Loreto. Today the Baja visitor can still visit towns and villages where missions where built to stand for a long long time. The Jesuit lost the trust of the King of Spain and were later replaced with Franciscans.
With the priests came pioneers and adventurers for almost 400 years thereafter. Their descendants turned to farming, ranching and mining. The natives of Baja not having any resistance to the "White Man's" small pox and other health problems died one after an other. Today In Baja you will find a relaxed way of living in the few small towns along the peninsula's
length and a faster pace in the big cities at each end of it but still very slow when you compare it with "the Real World".
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