Juan Bautista de Anza
Horcasitas - Departure
Yuma Crossing
    San Francisco - Arrival

Our Mission                       
To celebrate the life and times of
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza,
Presidial Captain of La Nueva España,
now Mexico, explorer, leader of the
founders of San Francisco, Ca., peace
maker and Governor of New Mexico.
This includes an annual forum to share
our research results.

These activities shall include 18th
century Spanish Colonial history, but  not
limited to, as authorized by the Board of

Whereas, the Anza Society has held an
"Annual International Conference"  since
1995, conferences have been held
in Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico (the home town
of the Anza Family in America); San
Francisco, Ca;  Pueblo, Colorado; Yuma,
Arizona; Hermosillo, Sonora; Santa
Barbara, California; Tucson, Arizona;
Magdalena de Kino, Sonora; Santa Fe/
Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tubac/Green
Valley, Arizona; Monterey, California;
Banámichi/Arispe, Sonora; and in 2015
Pueblo, Colorado. With Alamos, Sonora,
Mexico in 2016.
      Circa 1995                                                      Anza Society International
Stella Cardoza
1774 Expedition Tidbit
Image by Charles Martin

We Partner With

The Juan Bautista de Anza NHT
Los Californianos
The Old Spanish Trail Association
The Anza Trail Foundation
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Phil Valdez Jr., in deep thought after having
studied the rock art in a cave on the Anza Trail.
Due to certain commitments the cave's location
can not be given.
Persons comprised in  
and going in the 1774
exploratory expedition
to Alta California.

Juan Baptista de Anza
Fray Juan Diaz
Fray Francisco Garzés
Twenty Soldiers
Juan Bautista Valdez
Sebastian Tarabal
An interpreter
A carpenter
Five muleteers
Two servants
Total                        34

Anza says, "Saturday the
8th of January,1774, all
the foregoing being rea-
dy, Mass was sung in the
morning with all the
ceremony which the
country permits, to in-
voke the divine aid in
this expedition, and the
Blessed Trinity and the
mystery of the Immacul-
ate Conception of Holy
Mary were named as its
This having been done,
at one in the afternoon
the march was begun,
and having traveled a
league we made camp
for the night at the ford
of San Xavier del Bac."

Anza errors in distance
here as the ford of San
Xavier del Bac is
approximately 3 leagues
or 9 miles from Tubac.

Anza's California
Anza's 1774 diary
H. E. Bolton, Berkeley, Ca

Message from the President


We hope you will find our website
interesting and enlightening. The site
will be available to share information
about the organization, its meetings,
upcoming events of other Anza
affiliated organizations and of course
our membership. We hope you can join
us so we may increase interest and
awareness in Juan Bautista de Anza
and Spanish Colonial history.
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