An ensenada is a cove or inlet suitable for harborage (one form of the word in Spanish suggests a corral or stock pen). The city of Ensenada, Mexico, is best known as a tourist destination on the Pacific coast of Baja California, but it is also one of Mexico’s largest seaports. Explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno named its crescent-shaped bay Ensenada de Todos los Santos (All Saints Cove) a few days after the Feast of All Saints in 1602. The town was established in 1887, when its founders, Californian financiers together with their Mexican partners, acquired eighteen million acres of desolate rangeland and laid out the port to exploit both the climate and land—making this the kind of hybrid place that defines the frontier between Mexico and the Southwest.

D. J. Waldie