El Capitan is the Spanish name given to the most emblematic of Yosemite's peaks. It simply means "The Captain". Now, the correct Spanish name for that should be typed "El Capitán". So, which is it? I recall reading an old book of geology from the early 1920s published in the US that calls the Grand Canyon the Grand Cañón of Colorado. I wonder if dropping those accents is merely a convenient way of simplifying spelling because of the lack of accents in English and American keyboards.