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One of these, Painted Cave, is among the world's largest.Santa Cruz Island has many species found nowhere else on earth, including for instance the Santa Cruz Island Horse, the island scrub jay and the Santa Cruz Island fox (Urocyon littoralis santacruzae), a subspecies of the Island Fox. The Santa Cruz Island Chumash produced shell beads that they used for currency, which formed an important part of the overall Chumash economy.The highest peak is Devils Peak, at 2450 feet (747 m).It was the largest privately owned island off the continental United States but is currently jointly owned by the National Park Service (24%), and the Nature Conservancy (76%).When Barron sold the island in 1869 to ten investors from San Francisco for 0,000, Shaw left for San Francisco and Los Alamos where he continued ranching.At that time, the gross proceeds from the ranch on Santa Cruz Island were supposedly ,000.He built corrals and houses for himself and his employees and expanded the road system.
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, who is credited with the first European exploration of the California coast, observed at least six villages, though he and his crew did not come ashore. In 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno led the last Spanish expedition to California.Castillero sold the island to William Barron, a San Francisco businessman and co-owner of the company Barron, Forbes & Co., in 1857.During the twelve years that Barron owned the island, Dr.His map named Santa Cruz Island the Isla de Gente Barbuda (island of the bearded people).Between 16 there was no recorded European contact with the island.