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by Noble Henderson

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Amigos de Anza Drill Team at 2015 Pasados del Presidio

Bay Area native Noble Henderson is researching the Anza Trail in order to earn a Boy Scouts National Historic Trails Award. He sent us this reflection from the Los Californianos ceremony at the Presidio of San Francisco, June 27, 2015:

I had a really great time at San Francisco’s “Birthday” Celebration at the Presidio, celebrating 239 years since the de Anza expedition arrived in San Francisco. I learned a lot about the history of the Presidio that I never knew. For example, I learned that three countries have been in charge of the Presidio; first Spain and then Mexico before the United States military.

In addition, I learned a lot about the trials and tribulations that affected the original colonists as they walked 1200+ miles to San Francisco. I did not realize before that San Francisco was founded by a small group of men, women and children walking across the desert like that.

The “birthday” celebration was also interesting. A park ranger who spoke had a lot to say about how the history of the de Anza expedition was important and that it was great to have the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail to memorialize it and help educate the public about it. An archeologist talked about how they were doing excavations right behind where we were meeting.

We got to hear from several descendants of people in the de Anza expedition. They talked about the importance of what their ancestors had done and how more people should know about it. I liked how many participants were dressed in historically accurate clothing. Compared to what I wear when I go hiking, I had a hard time thinking about walking across the desert dressed like the de Anza colonists. They must have been really tough to walk so far across rough terrain dressed in such formal clothing.

I’m happy I got to attend this event and learn about the de Anza expedition, the de Anza trail, and San Francisco history. I highly recommend attending the 240th birthday party next year!

Images


Amigos de Anza Drill Team at 2015 Pasados del Presidio
photo by Noble Henderson

Amigos de Anza Drill Team at 2015 Pasados del Presidio
photo by Noble Henderson

Participants at 2015 Pasados del Presidio
photo by Noble Henderson

Lance Beeson speaks at 2015 Pasados del Presidio
photo by Noble Henderson

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