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Juan Caspar de Portolá Expedition Historical Markers

The Portolá expedition, consisting of 64 persons, set out from San Diego on July 14, 1769 in search of Monterey Bay.
 
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By Konrad R Summers, May 16, 2009
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California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 655 — Portola Trail
Spanish colonization of California began in 1769 with the expedition of Don Gaspar de Portolá from Mexico. With Captain Don Fernando Rivera v Moncada, Lieutenant Don Pedro Fages, Sgt. José Francisco Ortega, and Fathers Juan Crespí and Francisco . . . — Map (db m59292) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 522 — Tongva Sacred Springs
Home of the Gabrielino Tongva People — Map (db m74387) HM
California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Old Spanish Trail1829-1848
The Old Spanish Trail was an historic pack trail connecting Santa Fe to the pueblo of Los Angeles. Travelers from Santa Fe aimed for the San Gabriel Mission as a welcome destination and gathering place. Traders brought woolen goods from New Mexico . . . — Map (db m66587) HM
California (Monterey County), Gonzales — The Mustard Seed TrailOne Voice Murals Project
The legend of “the mustard seed trail” is rooted in the Portola expedition which travelled through the Ohlone tribal lands with a wagon containing sacks of mustard seeds. These seeds were spread behind them as they travelled north in the . . . — Map (db m64255) HM
California (Monterey County), Monterey — Monterey Harbor
□ Look out upon these waters. □ Their recorded history began when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sighted the "Bay of Pines" on Nov. 17, 1542. □ Sebastian Viscaino was first to touch land Dec. 16, 1602. He claimed the land for . . . — Map (db m30347) HM
California (Monterey County), Seaside — Portola-Crespi Monument
In the winter of 1769, the Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay, under the command of Don Gaspar de Portola and Father Juan Crespi, erected a cross on or near this site and left the following message: “The land expedition . . . — Map (db m68863) HM
California (Orange County), Brea — Don Gaspor Portola
Don Gaspor Portola with 60 men camped here July 31, 1769 on his first exploring route from San Diego to Monterey. — Map (db m76454) HM
California (Orange County), Orange — 204 — Old Santa Ana
Portola camped on bank of Santa Ana River in 1769. Jose Antonio Yorba, member of expedition, later returned to Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. El Camino Real crossed river in this vicinity. Place was designated Santa Ana by travelers, and known by . . . — Map (db m50302) HM
California (Orange County), San Juan Capistrano — Historic Town Center Park / The Mendelson Inn
[Eastern Side] Historic Town Center Park Today the San Juan Capistrano down town and Mission San Juan Capistrano are situated on the site of the Juaneño village of Acjachema. History explains that in 1769 the first Spanish . . . — Map (db m51947) HM
California (San Diego County), Oceanside — 1026 — Santa Margarita Ranch
In July, 1769, the Portola Expedition named this area for St. Margaret of Antioch. The Mission San Luis Rey 1827 inventories list a small building in the area. In 1841, Rancho Santa Margarita y San Onofre was granted to Andres and Pio Pico, the last . . . — Map (db m51107) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — 67 — Serra Palm
Traditionally the earliest planted tree in California. Directly in the rear, beneath the brow of the hill, lie the dead of the sacred expedition of 1769. Burial place of our first unknown soldiers. — Map (db m11959) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — 891 — Spanish Landing
Near this point, sea and land parties of the Portola-Serra Expedition met. Two ships, the San Antonio and San Carlos, anchored on May 4-5, 1769. The scurvy-weakened survivors of the voyage established a camp, where on May 14 and July 1 they greeted . . . — Map (db m51104) HM
California (San Luis Obispo County), Morro Bay — 821 — Morro Rock
An important mariner's landfall for over 300 years, chronicled in the diaries of Portola, Fr. Crespi and Costanso in 1769 when they camped near this area on their trek to find Monterey. Sometimes called the "Gibraltar of the Pacific". It is the last . . . — Map (db m24795) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — El Palo Alto
Under this Giant Redwood, the Palo Alto, November 6 to 11, 1769, camped Portola and his band on the expedition that discovered San Francisco Bay. This was the assembling point for their reconnoitering parties. Here in 1774 Padre Palou erected a . . . — Map (db m41255) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — 2 — Portola Journey's EndNovember 6 -10, 1769
Near "El Palo Alto" the tall tree, the Portola Expedition of 63 men and 200 horses and mules camped. They had traveled from San Diego in search of Monterey but discovered instead the Bay of San Francisco. Finding the bay, too large to go around and . . . — Map (db m25054) HM
California (San Mateo County), Millbrae — 27 — First Camp After Discovery of San Francisco Bay
On November 4, 1769, the expedition of Captain Gaspar de Portola, after crossing Sweeny Ridge, beheld the Bay of San Francisco for the first time. That night they camped at a small lagoon, now covered by San Andreas Lake. Finding the bay too large . . . — Map (db m70737) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — Captain Don Gaspar de Portolà
Born in Balaguer, Catalonia, Spain • First Governor of California • Founder of San Diego and Monterey • Discoverer of the Bay of San Francisco on November 4, 1769. Presented by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Honorable . . . — Map (db m1096) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — 24 and 394 — Discovery of San Francisco Bay
Captain Gaspar de Portola camped, October 31, 1769, by the creek at the south side of this valley, and to that camp scouting parties brought news of a body of water to the east. On November 4 the expedition advanced. Turning inland here, they . . . — Map (db m1095) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — 391 — Sanchez Adobe
The home of Francisco Sanchez (B. 1805, D. 1862). Alcalde of San Francisco and Commandante of Militia under the Mexican Republic. Grantee of the 8,926 – acre Rancho San Pedro, and later a respected American citizen. His house built 1842-46. . . . — Map (db m28732) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Gregorio — 26 — Portola Camp
Captain Gaspar de Portola and his party of Spanish explorers, journeying overland from San Diego in a fruitless search for Monterey Bay, camped here by San Gregorio Creek for a three day rest and treatment of their sick, October 24-27, 1769. Having . . . — Map (db m11032) HM
California (Santa Barbara County), Carpinteria — 535 — La Carpinteria (1769)
The Chumash Indian Village of "Mishopshnow," discovered by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, August 14, 1542, was located one-fourth of mile southwest of here. Fray Juan Crespi of the Gaspar de Portola expedition named it "San Roque," August 17, 1769. . . . — Map (db m50554) HM
California (Santa Barbara County), Carpinteria — 535 — La Carpinteria (1769)
The Chumash Indian Village of "Mishopshnow," discovered by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, August 14, 1542, was located one-fourth of mile southwest of here. Fray Juan Crespi of the Gaspar de Portola expedition named it "San Roque," August 17, 1769. . . . — Map (db m50555) HM
California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 306 — Burton Mound
Thought to have once been the Indian Village of Syujtun, this site has yielded some of the most important archeological evidence found in California. In 1542 the village was recorded by Cabrillo while on his Voyage of Discovery, and again, in 1769, . . . — Map (db m50547) HM
California (Santa Clara County), Palo Alto — El Palo Nuevo
On November 8, 1789, Don Gaspar De Portola and his expedition in search of Monterey Bay, camped beside San Francisquito Creek near a century-old redwood tree long a landmark for the Indians. The tree named El Palo Alto, became a symbol for the city . . . — Map (db m92466) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Davenport — Don Gaspar de PortoláCañada de la Salud
Near this spot, October 20-23, 1769 Don Gaspar de Portolá And his land expedition, seeking Monterey Bay, camped for three days to rest those sick. Because of their rapid recovery, Father Crespi named the valley Cañada de la Salud On . . . — Map (db m62418) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The City of WatsonvilleOnce a Village Named Pájaro
When the land expedition of Alta California led by Captain Gaspar de Portola passed through this valley in 1769, they reached the Pájaro River, which they named for a large straw-stuffed bird (pájaro in Spanish) with a wing span of six feet . . . — Map (db m54863) HM
California (Ventura County), Piru — 624 — Portolá Expedition
On August 11, 1769, the explorers and priests accompanying Portolá found a populous village of Piru Indians near this point. Carrying their bowstrings loose, the Indians offered necklaces of stones, in exchange for which Portolá presented them with . . . — Map (db m51034) HM
California (Ventura County), Santa Paula — 727 — Portolá Expedition
On August 13, 1769, the Portolá Expedition at the junction of the Arroyo Mupa and Santa Paula Creek, at a place they named the Holy Martyrs Ipolito and Cassiano. The priests of the Mission San Buenaventura here established the Asistencia Santa . . . — Map (db m51468) HM

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