Pedro Fages.jpg--Spain 2nd Governor of Alta California In office July 9, 1770 – 1774-(1734–1794), original name Pere Fages i Beleta, nicknamed L'Ós ("The Bear", in Catalan) was a Spanish soldier, explorer, first Lieutenant Governor of the Californias under Gaspar de Portolá, and second (1770-1774) and fifth (1782-1791) Governor of Alta California. Succeeded by Fernando Rivera y Moncada
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail starts here. Anza began recruiting settlers and soldiers in the Spring of 1775. They assembled in San Miguel de Horcasitas (now in Mexico) and departed on September 29, 1775, heading north. The final assembly was at Tubac Presidio, where they left Spanish civilization behind and traveled 890 miles to Monterey, California.