Written for: Carpe Diem #1566 An Epic Journey Through New Spain —
“¡Vayan Subiendo!”(“Everyone mount up!”) was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. A diverse group of 30 migrant families scratched their way across the frontier of New Spain, and carved their way into American history.
leading the way
fraught with possibilities
to a new land