Honoring America’s earliest Filipino settlers

SAN DIEGO — San Diego is home to one of the largest Filipino American populations, but nearly 250 years ago, Filipinos were among the founding expedition that made their way here to the Spanish landing — the birthplace of what is now America’s 8th largest city.

For the captain of the San Carlos, one of the ships that came to San Diego in 1769, it was no surprise that Filipinos were on board.

“Filipinos were on those Manila galleon trade ships and they helped basically land here in California in what was San Diego in that time. It’s important because we’ve been here,” said Dr. Judy Patacsil, President of the Fil-Am National Historical Society of SD. “We have a history of being here what is now the continental United States for 430 years.”


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