“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Juana Maria

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

Juana Maria Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Juana Maria Marker
Inscription. Indian woman abandoned on San Nicolas Island eighteen years. Found and brought to Santa Barbara by Capt. George Nidever in 1853.
Erected 1928 by Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 34° 26.318′ N, 119° 42.787′ W. Marker is in Santa Barbara, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Laguna Street and Los Olivos Street. Touch for map. Located inside the Mission grounds near the cemetery, open 9-4 daily. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission Historical Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tympanum (approx. 1.1 miles away); Janssens-Orella Adobe House Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hill-Carrillo Adobe (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Royal Spanish Presidio (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jose Lobero's Opera House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Rochin Adobe (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rochin-Birabent Adobe (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Barbara.
Regarding Juana Maria.
Juana Maria Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Juana Maria Marker
Marker is near the round window on the bell tower, facing the cemetery.
The island was inhabited by natives for thousands of years. In 1814, a party of hunters massacred most of the islanders. In 1835 the remaining natives were removed and brought to the mainland, but one woman was left behind. Later attempts to find her were not successful, until Captain Nidever’s third attempt in 1853. Seven weeks after arriving at the Mission, Juana Maria died of dysentery.

The popular children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on the life of Juana Maria.

In 1939, archaeologists discovered Juana Maria's whale-bone hut on the highest point of the island. In 2009, two redwood cache boxes were discovered with 200 artifacts inside. In 2012, archaeologists found and uncovered an Indian cave. All are believed to be Juana Maria’s.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWomen

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3. Santa Barbara Mission
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4. Juana Maria
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