Anza Colonizing Expedition, 1775-1776

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Diary of Juan Bautista de Anza

October 23, 1775 to June 1, 1776

This is the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza of his colonizing expedition, beginning at the Royal Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac in what is today southern Arizona, and ending at the Royal Presidio of San Carlos de Monterey in Alta California.

Image courtesy John Carter Brown Map Collection, Brown University, Providence, RI


Diary of Pedro Font

September 28, 1775 to June 2, 1776

Original diary of Father Pedro Font of the Juan Bautista de Anza Colonizing Expedition, beginning at the Royal Presidio of San Miguel de Horcasitas in northern Sonora and ending at the Royal Presidio of San Carlos de Monterey in Alta California.

Image courtesy John Carter Brown Map Collection, Brown University, Providence, RI


Expanded Diary of Pedro Font

September 28, 1775 to June 2, 1776

Expanded version of Father Pedro Font's original diary of the Juan Bautista de Anza Colonizing Expedition, beginning at the Royal Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac in what is today southern Arizona, and ending at the Royal Presidio of San Carlos de Monterey in Alta California.

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Diary of Francisco Garcés, 1775

October 21, 1775 to December 4, 1775

Diary of Father Francisco Hermenegildo Garcés of his part in the colonizing expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza, beginning at the Royal Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac in what is today southern Arizona, and ending at the junction of the Gila and Colorado Rivers.

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Account of the Founding of San Francisco by
Don Josef Joachín Moraga

March 20, 1777

This letter is the report to the Señor Viceroy, Frey Don Antonio Bucareli y Ursua, of the occupation of the port of San Francisco, the erection of a mission and the country explored.


Juan Bautista de Anza to Viceroy Bucarelli

October 20, 1775

Correspondence to Frey Don Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua describing the events of the prior month.