Soldados: Soldiers of the Royal Presidio of Santa Bárbara (Soldados
del Reál Presidio de Santa Bárbara) is a living history
interpretation group portraying Soldados de Cuera of the Spanish Southwest.
Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park encompasses
the original Presidio site and is located in modern downtown Santa Barbara
at the intersection of Santa Barbara and Canon Perdido Streets.
April of 1990, this living history group formed in Santa Bárbara,
CA to recreate the Soldado de Cuera of the period 1769-1821.
After 200 years, this soldier has come to life again under the auspices
of Los Soldados. The group is chartered to authentically portray
the Spanish presidial soldier by means of reenactments of military drill,
use of period costumes, role playing, and research into period history.
Los Soldados are here to re-enact the soldiers, civilians and their families
as they lived at the Presidio of Santa Barbara in the period of time following
the founding of the presidio in 1782. Uniforms, weapons, clothing,
and equipment are as authentic as possible, utilizing antiques or reproductions.
Los Soldados participate in numerous historic events every year.
You are cordially invited to become a member of Los Soldados: Soldiers
of the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. Join us as we relive history
in the eighteenth century at the Reál Presidio de Santa Barbara.
This page last updated
October 24, 2006 by Jared Brach.
Please send comments to Mike Hardwick