Nature & Science
How have our natural and cultural landscapes changed since the colonization of the American West? The diaries recorded during the Anza Expedition -- by both Juan Bautista de Anza and Father Pedro Font -- provide a snapshot of Arizona and California's environment in 1775-76.
Father Font used an astronomical quadrant on the trip to fix the group's location so that the trail could be mapped and followed by others.
These diaries and other primary sources are available online at Web De Anza.
Did You Know?
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail was created by Congress so that communities, private land owners, and local governments can take the lead in establishing the 1200-mile trail. The National Park Service offers its support for local and citizen-based trail creation. More...