This collection contains the personal and business papers of Henry and Josefa Fitch and their descendants.
Henry Delano Fitch (1798-1849) was a sea captain and merchant who, it is believed, became the first North American to settle
in San Diego. Fitch arrived as master of the brig Maria Ester in 1826. In 1827, Fitch applied for Mexican citizenship. He
remained involved in coastal trading, including the hide trade, and even opened a store in San Diego.
1.25 Linear feet
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply. All
materials identified as copies from the Bancroft Library are restricted to research use only with no further reproductions
This collection is open for research.