Monterey, CA is a picturesque coastal city on the southern edge of the Monterey Bay with roughly 28,000 residents. From 1777 to 1846 Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico until 1846 when California claimed the land as their own capital. However, Monterey was not officially incorporated to the United States until 1889 when Commodore John Sloat officially claimed it at the Battle of Monterey during the Mexican American War.
Monterey has progressively built its fishing industry and artistic background. Since the 1950’s Monterey has attracted authors such as John Steinbeck, Robinson Jeffers, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ed Ricketts as well as artists like Percy Gray, Arthur Frank, Xavier Martinez and Armin Hansen. Overtime Monterey, particularly Canary Row, has evolved into a major tourist destination with gift shops, restaurants and various recreational and historical attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the National Steinbeck Center, the old Custom House, Larkin House, the Royal Presidio Chapel and the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail. Aside from all of the recreational and historical sites in Monterey there is also a number of post secondary educational establishments such as the Defense Language Institute, Monterey Peninsula College, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Monterey College of Law to name a few.