• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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Spanish Artillery: Poder

The Poder

The "Poder"

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The Poder is an 8-pound cannon cast in Peru in 1673. Originally emplaced at the Castillo de San Joaquin to guard the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, the cannon was subsequently moved to Sonoma at the request of the Mexican Governor of Alta California.

On July 20, 1846, Captain Montgomery of the U.S.S. Portsmouth sent a military detachment to retrieve the cannon and return it to the Presidio.

The Poder is located outside of the Officers' Club, Building 50.

 

Did You Know?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.