Guillermo Cota was commissioner of the town of Los Angeles from 1810–1817. His letters to José de la Guerra y Noriega in September 1815 describe the capture of Russian Boris Tarasov and his Alaska Native hunters in San Pedro, near Los Angeles. The group had been hunting sea otters on San Nicolas, Santa Rosa, and Catalina Islands. All but two of the hunters were sent to Mission Santa Barbara.
DATE OF BIRTH: 1768
PLACE OF BIRTH: Loreto, Baja California, New Spain
DATE OF DEATH: December 23, 1844
PLACE OF BURIAL: Los Angeles Plaza Church Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Findagrave.com, Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=78023936&ref=acom : accessed 16 December 2014), photograph, Los Angeles Plaza Church for Juan Ignacio Guillermo Cota (1768–1844), Los Angeles Plaza Church Cemetery (defunct), Los Angeles, California, USA.
“Padron de la Ciudad de Los Angeles y su Jurisdiccion: Año 1836.” The Quarterly: Historical Society of Southern California Vol. 18, 3 (1936), 6 (penned); online archives, University of California Press on behalf of the Historical Society of Southern California (http://www.jstor.org/stable/4”1168948: accessed 3 February 2013), entry for Guillermo Cota.
Juan Ignacio Guillermo Cota
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