Jose Francisco De Ortega
1769 Jose Francisco De Ortega discovers San Francisco Bay
1782 First Comandante Presidio of Santa Barbara
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 25.455′ N, 119° 42.155′ W. Marker is in Santa Barbara, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker can be reached from Anacapa Street south of East Anapamu Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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"José Francisco Ortega (1734 – February 1798) was a Spanish soldier and early settler of Alta California. A member of the Portola expedition in 1769, Ortega stayed on to become the patriarch of an important Californio family....Sergeant Ortega was the chief scout during the second phase of Gaspar de Portolà's land expedition to explore and extend the northern boundary of Las Californias. After establishing a base at San Diego in July, 1769, Portola led a reduced party that pushed on to the north. At the northern extreme of that march, Ortega led a scouting party that encountered San Francisco Bay on November 1, 1769, and was one of the first Europeans to see the bay.... In the spring of 1782, Ortega was on the expedition that founded Mission San Buenaventura and the Presidio of Santa Barbara. Ortega became the first Commandant of the Presidio of Santa Barbara that year, and remained until 1784...." (Submitted on December 11, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.