Site Index


Archives of Primary Source Documents

Portola Expedition, 1769-70
Miguel Costansó Diary: July 14, 1769 - February 7, 1770
Exploratory Expedition, 1774
Juan Bautista de Anza Diary: January 8 - May 27, 1774
Francisco Garcés Diary: January 6 - July 10, 1774
Colonizing Expedition, 1775-76

Juan Bautista de Anza
Diary: October 23, 1775 - June 1, 1776

Pedro Font Diary: September 28, 1775 - June 2, 1776
Pedro Font Expanded Diary: September 28, 1775 - June 2, 1776
Francisco Garcés Diary: October 21 - December 4, 1775
Don Josef Joachín Moraga Letter: March 20, 1777
Letter about of the founding of San Francisco
Juan Bautista de Anza to Viceroy Bucarelli Letter: October 20, 1775
Comanche Campaign, 1779
Juan Bautista de Anza Diary: August 15 - September 10, 1779


Maps of expedition, locations of missions, presidios, rancheros, native people's lands, and geographical landmarks.


Pictures of people, places and things related to the expeditions.

Objects: Anza's Rubric (Signature) -- Mule Musket Saddle Tule Raft -- Soldier's Uniform 

People: Colonists: Dressed Up Military: Anza Portrait Anza Portrait 2 Anza on horseback Bucareli The Guard Moraga Muleteers Leather Jacket Soldier Soldados de Cuera Soldier with Shield

Places: Missions : San Diego San Gabriel :Santa Barbara Presidios: Tubac Drawing Tubac Painting


Short summarizing materials that provide general information explaining historical context, time frames, people and places.

Colonizing Expedition:
Synopsis: 1775-76 Anza Expedition
Chronology of the Second Anza Expedition, 1775-76
Campsites of the Second Anza Expedition, 1775-76
People: Places:
Where's Where along the Anza trail
San Gabriel Mission Reading Guide

Collateral Materials

Articles and texts written by history scholars about topics related to the expeditions. Also includes a gateway to related web sites.

Related Readings
Was he known as "Anza" or "de Anza"? By Don Garate, Chief of Interpretation, Tumacacori National Historic Park.
Articles in Journals and Newletters
Chartrand, Rene. Leather Jacket Soldiers: The Cuera Cavalry of the American Southwest (1). Military Illustrated: Past & Present. 53:24-30. October, 1992.
Primary Source Documents (Merged)
Chapman, Charles Edward. "The Echeveste-Anza Calculation of the Probable Cost of the Second Anza Expedition,"The Founding of Spanish California; The Northwest Expansion of New Spain, 1687-1783. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1916.