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A Paradise on the Desert: San Jose del Cabo's Estuary

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The documented history of San Jose del Cabo goes as far back as Hernan Cortes and the Spanish explorers who passed through this area as early as 1535. A Jesuit mission wasn't established in the city until 1730. The town's past reflects with undisputed clarity of San Jose del Cabo's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, being the largest body of fresh water in Southern Baja California. The estuary´s vast waters are fed by an underground river, known as Rio San Jose, which inherits its water flow from the Sierra Laguna Mountains, located and visible within the near distance. For a very good part of nearly 300 hundred years, this now famous body of water has been the drinking and irrigation backbone of San Jose del Cabo. In its earliest reported stages, the estuary provided the rare source of drinking water for Spanish sailors and missionary Jesuits. British and Dutch pirates also found refuge amidst its waters as they eagerly hunted and preyed on Spanish merchant ships hauling gold, silver and valuable pearls to the Philippines from Acapulco. Earlier than all the chronicled Spanish adventures and history, the waters of the estuary helped support the Pericues natives of this land and their ancestors for what has been determined as thousands of years. For said historical and environmental reasons, the estuary today is protected by Mexican Law...

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