The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum is excited to announce the opening of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition Exhibit from March 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. The exhibit, created by the National Park Service, will feature seven bilingual interpretive panels telling the story of the expedition and the challenges the members faced. It makes connections to timeless themes such as emigration, opportunity, diversity, hope, and faith.
In 1775, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and 30 families left Mexico in search of a better life in Alta California. The 1,200 mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California. This was the overland route between Sonora, Mexico and Alta California in an attempt to colonize and protect the territory from the encroaching Russian and English attempts to settle the land. This successful colonization effort, which supported the Spanish presidios and missions along the California coast, forever changed the lives of the native Indian population and the natural environment. The National Park Service administers the Anza Trail in partnership with many local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private property owners. For further information, visit www.nps.gov/juba.