Historic Maps of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedtion

Here, you will find maps that show the historic route of Juan Bautista de Anza, Some maps show an overview, while others are based upon sections of the route. When available, you will find links to download each map in a viewable format. For more information on the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza, please click on our History and Culture link, People and Places as well as our Research page.
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Map of the Anza Expedition 1775-1776.

Map: The Anza Expedition 1775-1776

In 1776, while American patriots fought for their independence from England, Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children some 1,800 miles to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay. These families were the first colonists to come overland across the frontier of New Spain into present-day California.

Al mismo tiempo que en 1776 los patriotas angloamericanos iniciaban la lucha por su indepenencia de Inglattera, el teniente coronel español Juan Bautista de Anza condujo a unas 240 colonoes más de 2900 kilólimetros para establecerse en Alta California. Era la primera vez que se utilizaba la ruta terrestre de Neuva España para traer pobladores en este caso los que habian de establecer el pueblo de San Francisco.

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Story Maps

A unique way to view the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Follow the historic corridor and learn about the landscapes they traveled through, their experiences and stories, hike segments of the Anza Recreation Trail, and find historic and interpretive sites that have been pereserved for us today.

Places to Go: Interactive Trail Map
Personalize your trail experience by finding historic and interpretive sites and recreation trail within Arizona and California. The web map is an interactive web mapping application that allows viewers to explore interact with geographic data relating to Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. You can plan your visit, or learn more about this historic exploration of the United States. You can also visit our Places to Go page to find more, text-based, information about premier sites in Arizona and California, passport cancellation stamp locations, and recreation trail segments.

The Anza Trail in Southern Arizona
The Santa Cruz Valley in Southern Arizona is the cradle of this rich chapter in American history and one of the premier places the experience the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in the United States. It is the homeland of the Tohono O'odham people. Water once flowed on the surface year-round in many more places and Tohono O'odham villages like Tumacácori were located where a permanent source of water even in the driest years. The Spanish colonized the Sonoran Desert in the late 1600s and the area, know as the Pimería Alta, was the northern frontier of the Spanish empire into the late 1700s. This Story Map Cascade examines the history, environment, and recreational opportunities found in this beautiful landscape. Disponible en español y inglés.

Let's Learn Together: A Child's View of the Expedition
If you and your child have become Junior Rangers, are eager to become one, or would like to help your child learn more about the Anza Expedition check out this Story Map aimed for fourth graders to further comprehend the Anza Expedition. The Anza Expedition comes to life through Maria, a child who was part of the expedition back in 1775. With her guidance she tells you the story of her experience traveling over 1,800 miles to reach San Francisco. During her trip she faced many life challenges and made many new friends, paying [particular attention to the different native groups that lived along the trail. We hope you and your child enjoy this Story Map and are inspired to visit the Anza Trail.

Last updated: March 8, 2018

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