by Anne Petersen
The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation has completed a Cooperating Agreement with the National Park Service’s Jaun Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail to help interpret the experience of the expedition as it traveled through California’s Central Coast. This expedition of over 240 people, mostly in family groups, walked from Mexico’s Sonoran desert up the California coast to found San Francisco in 1775/76 under the leadership of Juan Bautista de Anza. The expedition succeeded in founding the Presidio of San Francisco, and the legacy and descendants of those founding family’s can still be found throughout the state today. The expedition spent five days traveling through the Central Coast, and recorded descriptions of what they saw provide invaluable insight into the landscape, as well as the Chumash who called the area home.
Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historic Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.