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A city of west-central California south of San Francisco on the southern end of Monterey Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a Spanish mission in 1770, it grew as a colonial capital and fishing port and is now the center of a resort area on the Monterey Peninsula.


(Placename) a city in W California: capital of Spain's Pacific empire from 1774 to 1825; taken by the US (1846). Pop: 29 960 (2003 est)


(ˌmɒn təˈreɪ)

a city in W California, on Monterey Bay: the capital of California until 1847. 27,558.
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Noun1.Monterey - a town in western California to the south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey BayMonterey - a town in western California to the south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey Bay
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
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They now turned toward the south, and passing numerous small bands of natives, posted upon various streams, arrived at the Spanish village and post of Monterey.
San Diego, San Barbara, Monterey, the bay of San Francisco, and the northern port of Bondago; all afford anchorage for ships of the largest class.
Higher up, above the peninsula of Monterey, stands the important town from which it takes its name; but, seated on the borders of a perfect desert, it was not connected with the interior by a network of telegraphic wires, and electricity alone could spread these important news fast enough.
Go down by San Jose and Salinas an' come out on the coast at Monterey.
The richness of marine life is due in part to the Carmel and Monterey Canyons - deep underwater channels that allow nutrient-rich (and very cold) water to well up near shore.
The historical city of Monterey sits on the edge of Monterey Bay, the largest marine sanctuary in the United States.
Lance Mortensen, Chairman and CEO of Monterey Pasta Company, said, "This is an important milestone for Monterey Pasta in that it marks the Company's initial entry into the East Coast gourmet pasta market.
PHOENIX -- Making giant strides forward in the Golden State, Arizona based garage storage market leader Slide-Lok has partnered with successful Monterey Bay businesswoman Lora Whitehead, to establish Slide-Lok of Monterey Bay.
The historical city of Monterey is located on the edge of Monterey Bay, the Largest marine sanctuary in the United States.
But somehow, none of this seems to undermine the attractiveness of Monterey as a destination.
Dan Fletcher, AIA, President of AIA Monterey Bay, states, "We are very pleased to receive this grant and look forward to developing a valuable resource for the community.

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