Thursday, May 12, 2016

Celebrate Griffith Park's Anza Trail, May 14th; Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Take Two
In 1775-76, an expedition of soldiers led by Juan Bautista de Anza set off from Sonora, Mexico to establish a garrison in the San Francisco area and lay claim to the lands for Spain.

Join the Friends of Griffith Park to commemorate the 1,200 mile Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition with a FREE Heritage Festival celebrating the cultures of Native Americans and early Californians along this historic journey northward.
There will be Tongva Indians (the Native Americans that lived for many centuries in Los Angeles before European conquest) present.

Let's move west to Los Angeles to survive.
There will also be colorful horseback re-enactments of the historic expedition, kids’ activities, music, dance, and an 18th century fashion show of women’s and men’s apparel which would have been worn along the journey.
Anza Trail Expedition
A Martinez (, KPCC FM/
"The Anza expedition was very important to the United States. We all heard about 1776 on the east coast...that's the famous one. But over here in California things were happening as well...Anza was told [by Spain] to go across Arizona and go up north to San Francisco and establish a city in San Francisco because the Russians were coming down from the north and Spain wanted to make sure that [Spain] controlled California. So if Anza had not made that expedition, [we] might be speaking Russian...Juan Batista de Anza was the colonel who was assigned; he's a soldier, but it was a colonization expedition not a military expedition." More + AUDIO
John Rabe (Off-Ramp,, May 14, 2016)

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