Jolon in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776
(Mission San Antonio de Padua)
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led an expedition to this site – The mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of a rider superimposed upon a sun-like set of compass points, with the "De Anza Expedition 1775 1776" written above the rider.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 0.901′ N, 121° 14.949′ W. Marker is in Jolon, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Mission Road 6.2 miles from Jolon Road (County Route G14). Click for map. Mission San Antonio de Padua and the De Anza marker are at the end of Mission Road on the Fort Hunter Liggett military reservation. Marker is in this post office area: Jolon CA 93928, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Marriage in California (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hacienda (approx. half a mile away); Dutton Hotel (approx. 5 miles away); Jose Mario Gil Adobe Jolon (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lockwood (approx. 10.8 miles away); Manchester (approx. 12.2 miles away); Mission San Antonio de Padua (approx. 13.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jolon.
More about this marker. The marker is inside of a low, concrete walled, surround. With the mission doors at your back, the marker is about 200 feet to the southeast.
Also see . . .
1. Juan Bautista de Anza Blazed the Anza Trail. Juan Bautista de Anza was the first European to establish an overland route from Mexico, through the Sonoran Desert, to the Pacific coast of California. New World Spanish explorers had been seeking such a route through the Desert Southwest for more than two centuries. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Guide. This is the National Park Service guide to the trail. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. The Anza Society. Our Mission: To celebrate the life and times of Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, Presidial Captain of La Nueva España, now Mexico, explorer, (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. The Anza Expedition (National Park Service Film). This film was released in 2012 and is a production of the National Park Service and Environmental Exchange. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
5. California Highways Trails and Roads: De Anza Trail. The Juan De Anza Trail is a National Park Service Historic Trail that illustrates the interweaving of the three elements of the Spanish plan for colonization of its norther frontiers: the presidio, the mission, and the pueblo. It commemorates the route followed by Anza in 1775-76 when he led a contingent of 30 soldiers and their families to found a presidio and mission on the San Francisco Bay. Along the trail route, the visitor can experience the varied landscapes similar to those the expedition saw; learn the stories of the expedition, its members, and descendants; better understand the American Indian role in the expedition and the diversity of their cultures; and appreciate the extent of the effects of Spanish colonial settlement of Arizona and California. The Auto Route approximates the Historic Trail, and covers over 1200 miles between Nogales Mexico and San Francisco (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
6. Web de Anza. Web de Anza provides students and scholars with primary source documents and multimedia resources covering Juan Bautista de Anza's two overland expeditions from the Sonoran desert to northern California, leading to the colonization of San Francisco in 1776. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.