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When Spain decided to take possession of California, the move was carefully planned. There would be an exploratory expedition led by Gaspar de Portola with a few soldiers in the summer of 1769. They marched from San Diego nearly to San Francisco. Then presidios (forts) would be established to govern the territory, missions to Christianize and civilize the Indians, under Padre Junipero Serra, and later there would be settlers and pueblos (towns). In the end there were four presidios, twenty one missions, three pueblos, yet over 600 Ranchos. Ranchos of Orange County includes maps, tables, timelines and stories.


6 x 9 inches
25 maps, including fold-out map; 164 pages
ISBN: 1-891030-09-4


Ranchos of
Orange County

Virginia Carpenter

A detailed history of the two dozen Hispanic Ranchos that embraced what is now Orange County, California.

“During her lifetime, Virginia Carpenter had achieved an impressive list of accomplishments while living life to the fullest- her poetry was published, she designed and created pottery and jewelry, and she became a librarian and a local history author.”

-- Jane Mueller, Director of the Buena Park Historic Society ”

"Those interested in the history of Orange County will count themselves very fortunate that this important and timely manuscript has been rescued from oblivion."

-- Art Hansen, Director of the Center for Oral and Public History, CSU Fullerton

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