Research

Expedition Journals

The most thorough historical and cultural source of on-line information on the 1775-76 Anza Expedition can be found at Web de Anza. Access the journals written by various members of the expedition. Research additional information and materials. Use this interactive study environment on Spanish 1774-76 exploration and colonization of Alta California (maintained by the University of Oregon).

Gauging Hispanic Interests in Hispanic Heritage Resources
Download the 2015 report Gauging Hispanic Interests in Hispanic Heritage Resources: An exploratory study of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Tucson, AZ (2MB PDF). Bilingual focus groups with Hispanic participants in Tucson revealed barriers that prevent Hispanic individuals from engaging with the Anza Trail, and suggestions for increasing awareness, encouraging visitations, and improving experiences along the Anza Trail. The research was conducted by Magda E. Mankel, 2015 intern with the National Park Service Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program.

Historic Resource Study
This 2012 Historic Resource Study provides an overview and synthesis of the currently available literature about Anza's overland colonizing expedition of 1775-1776, as well as an extensive bibliography to aid additional research.The 268-page study was prepared for the National Park Service by Dr. Peter Gough of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Mapping Historic Campsites of the Anza Colonizing Expedition

This 2015 report describes the work of Anza Trail historian Phil Valdez Jr., MBA, DBA Anza Historian & Immediate Anza Society Historian Past President, in identifying and revising the location of the historic campsites associated with the Anza Trail. It describes the methodology and process Mr. Valdez uses - direction of travel, distance traveled during each day, and description of the route and landscape features seen during that day as well as the location where the group stopped for the night - to locate the campsite. This report does not reflect the official locations of the campsites but offers the most current understanding of where the campsites may be located. The research was conducted by Emanuel Delgado, 2015 GIS Intern, under Dr. Thomas Herman, Adjunct Faculty, at San Diego State University.

Last updated: March 13, 2018

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