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Archives of Primary Source Documents
Portola Expedition, 1769-70
Miguel Costansó Diary: July 14, 1769 - February 7, 1770
English     Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Exploratory Expedition, 1774
Juan Bautista de Anza Diary: January 8 - May 27, 1774
English    Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Francisco Garcés Diary: January 6 - July 10, 1774
English    Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Colonizing Expedition, 1775-76

Juan Bautista de Anza
Diary: October 23, 1775 - June 1, 1776

English    Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Pedro Font Diary: September 28, 1775 - June 2, 1776
English     Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Pedro Font Expanded Diary: September 28, 1775 - June 2, 1776
English    Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Francisco Garcés Diary: October 21 - December 4, 1775
English    Calendar Index
Spanish    Calendar Index
Don Josef Joachín Moraga Letter: March 20, 1777
   Letter about of the founding of San Francisco
Juan Bautista de Anza to Viceroy Bucarelli Letter: October 20, 1775
Comanche Campaign, 1779
Juan Bautista de Anza Diary: August 15 - September 10, 1779


Anza Trail Route:   Entire Route   Sonora    Arizona    San Gabriel - San Diego    Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo    San Luis Obispo - Monterey    Monterey - San Francisco    Anza Colonizing Expedition,1775-76    Californian Missions and Presidios, 1776    Anza Comanche Campaign, 1779

Historical Maps:    Anza's California Expeditions , (map by Pedro Font) .    Garces Journey 10/75 to 9/77

Modern Maps:     Los Angeles County    (more to come soon)

Maps of expedition, locations of missions, presidios, rancheros, native people's lands, and geographical landmarks.


Objects:    Anza's Rubric (Signature)     Mule      Musket    Saddle    Tule Raft    Soldier's Uniform

People:    Colonists:  Dressed Up    Military:   Anza Portrait    Anza Portrait 2   Anza on horseback    Bucareli   The Guard    Moraga     Muleteers     Leather Jacket Soldier     Soldados de Cuera    Soldier with Shield

Places:    Missions San Diego   San Gabriel    Santa Barbara     Presidios:  Tubac Drawing    Tubac Painting

Pictures of people, places and things related to the expeditions.


Colonizing Expedition:
Synopsis: 1775-76 Anza Expedition   
Chronology of the Second Anza Expedition, 1775-76
Campsites of the Second Anza Expedition, 1775-76
Who's Who
Biography of Juan Bautista de Anza, Jr
Where's Where along the Anza trail
San Gabriel Mission Reading Guide
Short summarizing materials that provide general information explaining historical context, time frames, people and places.

Collateral Materials

Related Readings 
Anza's Name
Was he known as "Anza" or "de Anza"?
By Don Garate, Chief of Interpretation, Tumacacori National Historic Park.
Articles in Journals and Newletters
Chartrand, Rene. Leather Jacket Soldiers: The Cuera Cavalry of the American Southwest (1). Military Illustrated: Past & Present. 53:24-30. October, 1992.
Primary Source Documents (Merged)
Chapman, Charles Edward. "The Echeveste-Anza Calculation of the Probable Cost of the Second Anza Expedition,"The Founding of Spanish California; The Northwest Expansion of New Spain, 1687-1783. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1916.
Articles and texts written by history scholars about topics related to the expeditions. Also includes a gateway to related web sites.

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