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Union City in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Signs of Change

Anza Expedition of 1776

 
 
Signs of Change Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 4, 2020
1. Signs of Change Marker
Inscription.  Íyyanu ja sultáawukma mak ínnutka (Chocheño, the local Ohlone dialect)
Literal English translation: There come the white people on our trails.
Translation by Catherine Callaghan, Ph.D. (linguist)

Near this site on March 31, 1776, Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, Father Pedro Font, and a small group of settlers and soldiers passed through on their way to investigate the place now known as the San Francisco Delta. These men had recently left the Presidio in Monterey, California, where Anza brought 240 people 1,800 miles from Sonora, Mexico to colonize the Bay Area. By 1777 the newcomers had helped establish three Spanish-controlled settlements in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Jose.

On March 31, Anza and his men encountered several Indians. Some fled, others waited for them, one offered food. At Alameda Creek, they heard an unfamiliar language. At San Lorenzo Creek, they surprised and terrified a lone man. For local tribal peoples, these encounters led to decades of disruption, dislocation, suffering, and change; first under Spanish rule, then under the Mexican and American

Signs of Change Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 4, 2020
2. Signs of Change Marker - wide view
The Signs of Change marker is the leftmost of the two.
governments.

Welcome to the homeland of the Tuibun, an Ohlone-speaking people.

 
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 37° 36.464′ N, 122° 1.07′ W. Marker is in Union City, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from May Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 May Road, Union City CA 94587, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Land of Many Tribes - We Are Still Here (here, next to this marker); Honcharenko’s Sanctuary (approx. 1½ miles away); Ukrania (approx. 2.3 miles away); Essanay Film Studio (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of the Nation’s First Successful Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 2.9 miles away); Essanay Studio Site (approx. 3 miles away); Vallejo Flour Mill (approx. 3 miles away); Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Dry Creek Staging Area, between May Road and the parking lot, next to the trail as it heads east towards the hills.
 
Marker detail: linguistic pap of the area showing native languages spoken by area image. Click for full size.
By David Drueckhammer, Randy Milliken (courtesy of East Bay Regional Parks District), 2000
3. Marker detail: linguistic pap of the area showing native languages spoken by area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
 
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Aug. 4, 2020