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 Directors.

Whereas, the Anza Society has held an
"Annual World Conference"  since 1996,
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; Albuquerque, New
Mexico; Tubac-Green Valley, Arizona;
Monterey, California;  Banámichi, Sonora
with New Mexico or Colorado in 2015,
and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico in 2016.

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
affilated organizations and of course,
our membership. We hope you will join
us so we may increase interest and
awareness in Juan Bautista de Anza
and Spanish Colonial history. Check
out the membership form and come
and join the fun. Do not hesitate to
e-mail us with your comments and/or
suggestions We look forward to
hearing from and having you join us!

Stella Cardoza
         Circa 1996                                                        The Anza Society
Phil Valdez, Jr.- Past President
On Tuesday April 5, 1774,
Captain Anza finding himself
short of provisions says, "I
decided to go in person in
light order of marching, with
six soldiers, [to Monte Rey]
to examine its situation, and
in the light of this to decide
upon the road which may be
opened from Sonora at
some other time, since for
the present, for the reasons
expressed, we are
prevented from opening it. I
therefore resolved anew,
with one of the fathers who
at present is with me, the
other having gone to San
Diego, that when he returns
he shall go back with this
father and the rest of the
troops to the Colorado River
to await  my return from the
presidio of Monte Rey.
I considered it well that from
the Colorado River two
soldiers should escort as far
as the presidio of Altar the
extraordinary courier who
brought me the order of his
Excellency the Viceroy to  
undertake this expedition, so
that as soon as possible he
may get the news that it has
been accomplished in the
main, for the purpose of
sending to his Excellency
the diaries kept as far as
this place, since he ordered
me to report to him from the
port of Monte Rey in case I
should succeed in arriving

Anza's California Expeditions
Anza's Complete Diary
H.E. Bolton, Berkeley, Ca
1774 Expedition Tidbit
The Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail o la Ruta
Historica reaches La Piedra Lisa in Sonora, Mexico
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                                                     The Anza Society

The 20th Annual International Conference of the Anza Society will be held in either Colorado
or New Mexico in 2015. More information is forthcoming.

April 8, 2014
Phil Valdez Jr. Past President of the Anza Society and member of Los Californianos will be
presenting at el Real Presidio de San Francisco, 103 Montgomery St. on April 8, 2014 at 5:30
P. M.
His topic The Juan Bautista de Anza Colonizing Expedition of 1775/76 with emphasis on the
topography of the last leg of the epic journey from Monte-Rey to la Laguna de los Dolores.

Image by Rick Collins

We Partner With

The Juan Bautista de Anza NHT
Los Californianos
The Old Spanish Trail Association
The Anza Trail Foundation
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                 Cajon de la Piedra Lisa
On this site, on May 08, 1767, Captain Juan Bautista de
Anza, with half a dozen soldiers, several mule packers
and a pack string of mules, on route to el Real Presidio
de San Ignacio de Tubac (now in Arizona), was attacked
by Apache Indians under a full moon and barely escape
with his life.