Handwritten pages dated June 27, 1824 from a journal created by Captain Don Pablo de la Portilla, describing an expedition
that left the Santa Barbara Presidio on June 4, 1824 to find and return neophyte Indians who had left Mission Santa Barbara
earlier that year.
Pablo de la Portilla was captain of the Mazatlan cavalry from 1819 to 1838 and was stationed for most of those years in San
Diego, becoming comandante of the San Diego Presidio in 1831. In May 1824, Portilla was ordered by Governor Luis Antonio Argüello
to lead a group of soldiers from the Matzatlan squadron along with soldiers from both presidios from Santa Barbara to the
Tulares. In 1833 he was appointed administrator of Mission San Luis Rey after it became secularized. After serving briefly
under Carlos Carrillo in his attempt to take the governorship from Governor Alvarado in 1837, Portilla returned to Sonora
where he became captain of the post at Guaymas in 1846. He returned to California once more in 1849 with a group of gold seekers.
1 folder (8 leaves bound)
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