A Land Before Time
Our guide may be short, but San José del Cabo—known as simply San José among locals—has a long, rich history. Forty thousand years ago, the San José region was known as Añuiti (“place full of reeds”) and populated by the Pericue Indians, who were very tall and strong and in possession of advanced maritime technology. The Pericues lived on the land, feasted from the oceans, and left later generations tales of their lives through mysterious paintings on cave walls. Through the years, the land now known as San José del Cabo was fought over and lost, rebuilt and destroyed, cherished or sold by many peoples: the English, the Spanish, the Pericues, and even pirates.
Spanish galleons made their way to San José del Cabo in the 17th and 18th centuries. They would stop, it’s said, to replenish their water supplies in the Río San José during their long voyages to Asia. The town’s mission was founded in 1730.
Now San José is the municipal seat for Los Cabos and home to amazing restaurants, magnificent hotels, quaint shops, beautiful architecture, warm people, and safe streets.
Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine. http://www.loscabosmagazine.com/2013/09/my-favorite-weekend-san-jose-del-cabo/
San Jose del Cabo, c. 1910
La Misión Jesuita, se estableció por primera vez , cerca de la costa, donde los Josefinos, conocemos el lugar como Las misiones, a un lado del cementerio actual de San Jose del Cabo, pero pronto se trasladó ocho kilómetros hacia el interior, hoy San José Viejo.
In 1917 an American company established floating plant for the exploitation of tuna, and ten years later the Marine Products Company was established. 1917 – Una compañía estadounidense estableció en 1917 una planta flotante para el aprovechamiento del atún, y diez años después se estableció la Compañía de Productos Marinos. Source: http://raulverdugo.blogspot.mx/2011/08/cabo-san-lucas.html
In this impressive photograph, which was taken at the beginning of the decade of the seventies of the twentieth century, we see the background tuna packer Pando, at the bottom the Finisterra hotel that was his huge beach watching the Pacific.
It is indeed surprising to see detail this photograph was taken in 1970, although the date is not confirmed, I guess it will be in that year when it was taken. We clearly see the building occupied by the tuna cannery Pando and the few buildings that were in what is now the tourist marina of Cabo San Lucas, back is a warehouse, maybe it was part of the plant of Don Elias Pando. We reached the pier also served notice to the packing and would later be used for ferry service that existed between this point and Puerto Vallarta. We have been asked as then population centers that now make up the municipality of Los Cabos.
What remains of the old tuna canning plant in Cabo San Lucas is merely a shell of its former self. Nearly destroyed by a hurricane in the 1940’s and rebuilt in the 1950’s the old building stands as piece of local history. The historic Cabo San Lucas tuna cannery in the photo above was built in 1927 and kept in operation until 1980.