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Felipe De Neve

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Felipe De Neve Reply with quote

Felip de Neve served as Governor of California from October, 1774, until September, 1782. He arrived in Monterey in February, 1777, in addition to founding the pueblos of San Jose and Los Angeles, Governor de Neve was important to California history in other ways. The oldest legally founded city of California, forty miles from Santa Cruz, was responsible to his work. It was here, in the Place of the Two Shrines (the Santa Clara Valley in which are the Mission Santa Clara and Mission San Jose) that Governor de Neve, erected the first legal California pueblo. This was named in honor of St. Joseph and is known now as the City of San Jose. The founding of this pueblo came about in this way: Following instructions from Mexico to erect pueblos near the various missions with all dispatch, Governor de Neve sent Don Jose Moraga. Lieutenant Commandant of the Presidio of San Francisco with several soldiers versed in agriculture and a handful of pablodores, or settlers, to Santa Clara Valley to found the settlement. Arriving at a river, which he named Guadalupe, Moraga ordered a halt, unsheathed his sword, and thrusting it into the fertile loam, said: "Here, in the name of God and our Soverign King, shall we build the pueblo of San Jose." This was November 29th, 1777.
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