The Spanish Explorers
The arrival of the Explorers!
Europeans arrived in Belmont in the late 1700s. Upon arrival, the Spanish explorers found Native Americans who supported themselves by working both the land and the sea.
The canyon portion of Belmont was christened: Canada de San Augustin in the early 1780s by the Spanish missionaries. Prior to that time, the canyon was initially dubbed "la Canada del Diablo" or Devil's Canyon. There are a number of possible explanations for the latter term, ranging from difficulty of travel in the area to allegations of evil spirits or satanic rituals. In any case, Belmont's beginnings can be traced to this canyon as it was a well traveled route until the middle of the 19th Century.
The Spanish exploration of the area meant the native Americans lives would never be the same as colonization began in the later part of the 18th Century.
Print this page