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Catalog Number 1976.025
Description Cloth Rubbing of Portola Plaque, 1970. This fabric is made of cloth. Hand-stitch throughout the edges of the fabric. In the middle of the cloth, there is a brown painted border shaped like a plaque with a bell shaped curve at the top. Inside the brown border, at the top, there are two brown stars on each side with a brown bear, which is the insignia of the state of California. Below the insignia of the state of California, in medium, bold and brown lettering, the text reads "CAPTAIN DON GASPAR DE PORTOLA, BORN IN / BALAGUER, DISCOVERER OF THE BAY OF SAN / FRANCISCO AND FOUNDER OF THE TOWNS OF SAN DIEGO AND MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA". There is a space in between the text above and the text below in some medium, bold, and brown that reads "PRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA ON THE OC- / CASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR BICENTENNAL." Another space is in between the text above and below still in medium, bold and brown that says "AL CAPITAN DON GASPAR DE PORTOLÁ, NACIDO / EN BALAGUER, DESCUBRIDOR DE LA BAHIA DE / SAN FRANCISCO Y FUNDADOR DE LOS PUEBLOS / DE SAN DIEGO Y MONETEREY, CALIFORNIA." Another space in between the text above and below still medium , bold and brown that says "OBSEGUIO DEL PUEBLO CALFORNIANO CON MOTIVO DE / LA CELEBRACÍON DE SU BICENTENARIO. / 1969-1970".
Object Name Plaque
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title Cloth Rubbing of Portola Plaque, 1970
Date 1970
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "CAPTAIN DON GASPAR DE PORTOLA, BORN IN / BALAGUER, DISCOVERER OF THE BAY OF SAN / FRANCISCO AND FOUNDER OF THE TOWNS OF SAN DIEGO AND MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA / PRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA ON THE OC- / CASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR BICENTENNAL. / AL CAPITAN DON GASPAR DE PORTOLÁ, NACIDO / EN BALAGUER, DESCUBRIDOR DE LA BAHIA DE / SAN FRANCISCO Y FUNDADOR DE LOS PUEBLOS / DE SAN DIEGO Y MONETEREY, CALIFORNIA. / OBSEGUIO DEL PUEBLO CALFORNIANO CON MOTIVO DE / LA CELEBRACÍON DE SU BICENTENARIO. / 1969-1970 (printed in brown with medium and bold lettering below the insignia of the state of California in the middle of the brown bell shaped plaque)
Provenance Rubbing of Portola Bicentennial plaque presented to Spain.
Notes "Portolá was the military commander of the Sacred Expedition, the first Spanish exploration by land from Baja (Lower) California to San Francisco Bay…Gaspar de Portolá was born in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain into an upper-class family. As a young man, he joined the Spanish army and served as a captain of dragoons (armed troops) in campaigns in Italy and Portugal…Portolá came to New Spain (Mexico) as a high-ranking army officer and became governor of Baja California in 1767. He soon proved himself a good organizer and an able leader, respected and liked by the people…In 1769 the Spanish government, fearing that the Russians would move down from Alaska into Alta (Upper) California, decided to found some settlements there. Portolá volunteered to lead the expedition, later known as the Sacred Expedition…While part of the expedition went by sea, Portolá went by land. With him was Father Junípero Serra, the Franciscan priest who would establish the mission-settlements in Alta California. Portolá would establish the military bases, called presidios….Portolá led the first extensive exploration by land from San Diego to San Francisco, naming many points along the way. He founded the first two Spanish presidios (San Diego and Monterey). His party included the first Europeans to report on seeing San Francisco Bay (though they did not name it)…Portolá left Lt. Fages in charge of the Monterey presidio on July 9, 1770, and took a ship bound for Mexico. He arrived there on August 1, and did not visit California again." [http://factcards.califa.org/exp/portola.html 3/27/2017]
Dimensions H-38 W-40.25 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms California - History
Don Gaspar de Portola: Conquistador y primer Gobernador de California
Monterey
Monterey - California
Portola, Gaspar de
San Diego
San Francisco
Subjects California history
Memorabilia
Plaques
People Portola, Gaspar de