Because the “old” Spain wasn’t enough to contain the aspirations of those in charge of it, and there was a lot of gold to be had in the “New World”, there was a fairly significant motivation for the power hungry Habsburgs to relieve the native population of their new world (it wasn’t new to them, they were from there) and the yellow metal contained therein.
Now I know what you are thinking, Habsburg sounds a lot more Austrian than Spanish. I suspect the native population of Spain quite agreed with that, but the population likewise had significant motivation to not to take the monarchy to task on that particular point. This, given that during their rule they rolled out the Inquisition which gave ample opportunity to develop and deploy all sorts of gruesome methods to inflict maximum mortal pain. Like soccer for instance.
So after putting the “Latin” in Latin America, they figured there was no point in stopping there. Sailing north along the coast of what is at the moment called California and other less than generous names, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stopped about halfway up at a place where the land looks like a bite taken out of a cookie.
Growing tired of all of this sailing and not enough pillaging, Cabrillo offhandedly named this bitten piece of the cookie Otra Maldita Bahía. Which it was, so naturally nobody wrote that down to inform the King that he now owned what roughly translates to “Another F’ing Bay”. For anyone who preferred keeping their naval career intact and their bowels inside their body this was probably a good idea.
About 50 years later another Rodríguez, albeit this time a Portuguese one, found his way to the same place. After sinking his sailing vessel in a storm while anchored in Drake’s Bay, California a month earlier, Sebasián Rodríguez Cermeño sailed his launch with 80 men across the bay and is said to have named it something a bit more respectable: Bahía de San Pedro. But whatever, he was clearly looking forward to disembarking his overstuffed launch full of foul smelling sailors, and getting his fiesta on in Acapulco. When the Mexican festivities were over and the tequila was finished, he could only recall the name as, not surprisingly, Otra Maldita Bahía (in a Portuguese accent). Because, lovely as it may have been, for him that’s what it was.
It is said 3 times is a charm. Apparently it was for this Bahía. So, 7 years later another Spanish explorer Sebastían Vizcaíno was charting the coast of California and said “oh look, Otra Maldita Bahía” let’s call it something that will allow me to keep my job and my intestines within my belly. So he decided to name it after the viceroy of what was then called “New Spain” (which was pretty much everything not specifically continental Spain.)
This was a very smart career move of course, and today the name of the bitten cookie still refers to said viceroy all these centuries later. His name: Gaspar de Zúñiga Acevedo y Fonseca. But as you will note, there’s no Zuniga Bay, no Acevedo Bay, and no Fonseca Bay in California. So that wasn’t the ah-ha moment you thought it would be. But recall in royalty you are generally referred to by your title rather than your given name. So what was old Gaspar’s title, you ask? The 5thCount of Monterrey. Thus our 3rdmerry explorer named it Puerto de Monterrey.
Then Ford named the car after that particular Count. Which was a better than choosing to call it a Maldita Bahía. Just sayin’.
The Monterey in the mid-1950’s was the flagship of Ford’s Mercury division. It occupied other positions in the lineup over the years, and was available in a variety of body styles such as coupes, sedans, convertibles and even station wagons.
The 1954 received a new engine for the model which was a 256 Cubic inch, 161 HP overhead valve Ford Y-Block V8, which this one has, fitted with a 4-bbl carb. It is interesting to note that a 1953 Mercury Monterey Wagon in the same color as this convertible (Siren Red), was the 40 millionth car Ford manufactured.
This particular Monterey has a red and black interior and 82,100 miles on the odometer. It is fully restored to stock specification from the ground up, and has 500 miles on it since it was restored. The seller states that the paint is perfect and that all panels are straight. This one has the rare electric window option, and the radio as well as the clock are said to work. It comes with 4 Firestone white-walls. Also included is the continental kit with an actual spare tire, and original manuals. It has a clear title and is currently registered in California.
You can find the original ad HERE on craigslist for more info and to contact the seller/owner who is accepting offers.
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