The Spanish galleons visited San Jose del Cabo Estuary to obtain fresh water in preparation for their length travels to Philippines in the late 17th, later when pirates raids along the coast of Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, the need of an established settlement became urgent along with growing unrest among guaycuras and pericue Indians south of Loreto trying to engulf mission communities, forced the Spaniards to send armed troops to the cape region to quell Indian uprising in 1723, 1725 and 1729.
In 1730, Jesuit priest Nicolas Tamaral traveled south from mission La purisima and founded San Jose del Cabo on a mesa overlooking the arroyo. North of the current town ( Right now is know it as: San Jose el Viejo), due to the overwhelming presence of mosquitoes at the site, Tamaral soon moved to the estuary, flanked by vigia hill and de la cruz hill. Tamaral and the pericus got along fine until he pronounced and injunction against polygamy.
After Tamaral punished a Pericu Shaman for violating the anti-
By 1767, virtually all the Indians in the area had died either of European diseases or in skirmishes with the Spanish. Surviving mission Indians were moved to missions farther north, but San Jose del Cabo remained an important Spanish military outpost until the mid-
During the Mexican American War (1846-
San Jose del Cabo remained largely a backwater until the Cape began attracting sport fishers and later the sun-
In November of 1993, a severe storm wreaked havoc on beach side condos near San Jose del Cabo but the town itself suffered little damage. Today, San Jose del Cabo provides a welcome respite from the busy, fiesta atmosphere found twenty miles south in Cabo San Lucas.