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CaptionFriday March 29 1776 -- At a quarter past seven I packed up our equipage and sent it back by the same route over which we had come with orders to await me at the arroyo of San Matheo. Then with a party of five soldiers and my father chaplain I continued to explore the district which I had not covered to the southeast and the region which overlooks the estuary that runs to the south and inland from the port. I again went to the lake with the spring which I mentioned yesterday and likewise to the spring which I called Los Dolores. About half a league from here to the southeast there is a wide and long valley with plentiful moisture where more than a hundred and twenty fanegas of wheat can be sown. There is also a little spring of good drinking water which appears not to dry up because it has a good-sized village which also enjoys a plentiful supply of firewood . From here forward and until I again struck the road which I followed in coming there is nothing noteworthy. But the exploration that has been made on this occasion in the region where it was prognosticated that there would be the same sterility as at the west of our port mentioned shows that this region with the exception of what relates to timber for large beams is not only fertile but extremely so. Therefore this presidio and fort will have an abundance and variety of water firewood and building stone . It will not lack a place in which to plant good fields although somewhat distant nor pastures for cattle without equal in quality and abundance. And besides enjoying these fine advantages of which those who have formerly come as far as the mouth of the port have not even had hopes it will enjoy even more if established at the place already mentioned where it is narrowest to mark which I am leaving erected a cross as I indicated on the 28th. From this place or point to the opposite point we estimate the distance to be a quarter of a league
HeadlineJuan Bautista de Anza's Diary "Alta California" 1774-1776
KeywordsSF-Bay-Area-birthplace
URLhttp://anza.uoregon.edu/
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