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Historian Carlos R. Herrera Releases Anza Biography; Meet the Auther in Burbank, Feb. 7

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Anza Trail Foundation , history

A new biography of Juan Bautista de Anza by historian and Anza Trail Foundation Board Member Carlos Herrera comes out this winter from the University of Oklahoma Press. The book, Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governor
in New Mexico is available for pre-order now. More from the publisher’s website:

Juan Bautista de Anza arrived in Santa Fe at a time when New Mexico, like Spain’s other North American colonies, faced heightened threats from Indians and international rivals. As governor of New Mexico from 1778 to 1788, Anza enacted a series of changes in the colony’s governance that helped preserve it as a Spanish territory and strengthen the larger empire to which it belonged. Although Anza is best known for his travels to California as a young man, this book, the first comprehensive biography of Anza, shows his greater historical importance as a soldier and administrator in the history of North America.

Historian Carlos R. Herrera argues that Anza’s formative years in Sonora, Mexico, contributed to his success as a colonial administrator. Having grown up in New Spain’s northern territory, Anza knew the daily challenges that the various ethnic groups encountered in this region of limited resources, and he saw both the advantages and the pitfalls of the region’s strong Franciscan presence.

By combining administrative history with narrative biography, Herrera shows that Juan Bautista de Anza was more than an explorer. Devoted equally to the Spanish empire and to the North American region he knew intimately, Governor Anza shaped the history of New Mexico at a critical juncture.


Meet the Author Feb. 7 in Burbank

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Southern California Chapter (GSHA-SC), invites you to a lecture by
Carlos R. Herrera, author of the forthcoming book Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governor in New Mexico.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Meeting: 11AM
Author talk: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
(please arrive by 11AM so as not to disrupt the GSHA-SC meeting)

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Free and open to the public.


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