Map: The Anza Expedition 1775-1776In 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 MapsA 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.
A Brief History of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act, the National Park Service invites you to take a brief look at the 1775-1776 Anza Expedition, the 1976 and 1996 re-rides, the establishment of the Anza Trail, and what the National Park Service and our partners are doing today!
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
The Anza Trail in Imperial County
The Yuha Desert in Imperial County provides trail visitors some of the best opportunity to experience the Anza Trail Historic Corridor as the expedition would have experienced it. The most treacherous part of the journey because of the lack of water, this area is also one of the most beautiful and has been occupied for much of human history. This Story Map Cascade follows the expedition as they crossed the Colorado River and entered the deserts of upper Baja California and Imperial County in the throws of winter. Learn more about the expedition and how to access this segment of recreation trail on Bureau of Land Management and California State Parks land. 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: April 26, 2018