Juan DeAnza Expedition

The exhibit features large colorful panels with images depicting the first group of settlers to come to Alta California from New Spain (Mexico). The group of about 300 people included men, women, and children. Settlers were diverse in their heritage with a blending of indigenous, European, Afro-Latino ancestry. The 1600 mile trail, to settle Alta California was lead by Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775 -1776. The journey’s success was partly due to the generosity and assistance of the Native American Indians along the route. The trail traverses from Nogales, AZ to San Francisco, CA. The 1776 De Anza Expedition changed the course of California history. Exhibit will be held at the library until the September 9th.