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

Don Pedro Fages Expedition

 
 
Don Pedro Fages Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 24, 2011
1. Don Pedro Fages Expedition Marker
Inscription. This marker designates the area where on March 27, 1772 a scientific team under the auspices of the Empire of Spain stopped on Strawberry Creek to include an observation of is now known as Golden Gate. According to Juan Crespi, diarist, the first sighting was marked at Mills College, Second at College of Arts and Crafts.
Placed September 16, 1978
by
District IV
California State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

 
Erected 1978 by California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, District IV.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 52.236′ N, 122° 15.907′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Center Street east of Oxford Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Kellogg School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ennorís Restaurant Building (about 500 feet away); Site of John Hinkel Livery Stable, 1900 (about 700 feet away);
Don Pedro Fages Expedition Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 24, 2011
2. Don Pedro Fages Expedition Marker - wide view
Studio Building 1905-06 (about 800 feet away); Roos Bros. Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Kittredge Shattuck Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shattuck Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a low rock in a grove of trees on the western edge of the UC Berkeley Campus. It isn't readily visible from the road, but a handy visual landmark is a very large bronze orb sculpture with a hole in the middle - the marker is perhaps 30 feet southeast of that, in the trees.
 
Regarding Don Pedro Fages Expedition. The sighting locations mentioned on the marker are about 2 miles south of the marker (College of Arts and Crafts) and 6 miles south of the marker (Mills College).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional markers placed at sites of the Fages Expedition
 
Also see . . .
1. Pedro Fages: Military Governor of Alta California, 1770-1774 and 1782-1791. The California Military Museum's short biography of Pedro Fages, who was Military Governor of Alta California at the time of the 1772 expedition. (Submitted on April 28, 2011.) 

2. Presenting the Past: Capt. Pedro Fages leads Spanish to the Valley. Beverly Lanes' Danville Express article (10/3/2008) on the Crespi-Fages 1772 expedition: "Pedro Fages... was chosen to lead a 1772 expedition out of the Monterrey Presidio. Capt. Fages was charged with looking for a way around the San Francisco Bay so that a mission honoring St. Francis could be placed on the north shore. He led a 15-man troop, which included "six Catalonian volunteers, six leather-jackets, a muleteer, and an Indian servant," according to missionary Padre Juan Crespi. They skirted the Berkeley hills, traveled next to the strait into Contra Costa, and discovered two huge rivers[the Sacramento and San Joaquin] that fed a huge delta.... The Fages-Crespi expedition trip was significant because it established the site for both the San Francisco mission and presidio south of the Golden Gate." (Submitted on April 28, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,103 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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