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The arrival of Juan Bautista De Anza

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: The arrival of Juan Bautista De Anza Reply with quote

On October 23, 1775, the Anza expedition departed overland from Tubac with a total of two hundred and forty persons and over a thousand animals. Only one of the thirty soldiers who planned to remain in Alta California was unaccompanied by his wife; this man was Lieutenant Moraga. It can be seen that great care was exercised by Anza to make the expedition successful from every standpoint—an insurance of "home life" in the new country. The success of the expedition under the skilled guidance of Anza can be appreciated by the fact that only one death occurred in the long journey, and that a mother, at childbirth. "When one thinks of the scores that lost their lives in the days of '49 over these same trails, Anza's skill as a frontiersman stands revealed." After aiding in quelling the Indian uprising at San Diego, Anza reached Monterey in March, 1776, from which place he left on March 23 for his exploration of San Francisco, leaving the families behind, and returned again to Monterey in April of the same year.
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