Portolá, Gaspar de

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Portolá, Gaspar de

(gäspär` dā pôrtōlä`), fl. 1734–84, Spanish explorer in the Far West. After serving in Italy and Portugal, he was sent (1767) to America as governor of the Californias to expel the Jesuits and to save Franciscan missions. In 1769, Portolá commanded an expedition sent out from Mexico to extend Spain's control up the Pacific coast by establishing a colony at Monterey Bay, which had been discovered and described by earlier explorers. Portolá's expedition, composed of two ships and two land parties, left Velicatá and met at San Diego Bay, where Portolá established a small colony. From there he continued with a small land party to Monterey Bay, which he failed to recognize. After exploring the region, he returned (1770) to San Diego. Convinced by one of his captains that he had actually seen Monterey Bay, Portolá again marched north. Recognizing at last the bay described by earlier explorers and the site chosen for Spanish occupation of Upper California, he established the mission and presidio of San Carlos. Portolá became governor of Puebla, Mexico, in 1776 and in 1784 returned to Spain.
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The credit of cutting a new path through the mountains of California has been given to Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola, who is believed to have travelled on horseback on this path in 1769.
Gaspar de Portola claimed the island for Spain in 1769.
Gaspar de Portola gathered the disparate members - soldiers, sailors, Franciscan missionaries - on a hill overlooking San Diego Bay on May 17 and created a military outpost.
Some also feature "Living History Days" enacted by volunteers steeped in the stories of the characters they portray--Junipero Serra and Don Gaspar de Portola among the favorites.
Some of these oaks were so ancient they might have shaded Don Gaspar de Portola when his expedition passed this way in 1769.
Hotel owners selected the name Portola Plaza Hotel at Monterey Bay since it celebrates the history of the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola, who helped found Monterey back in 1768.
It gives you an opportunity to see your choices,'' said Amanda Hasson, a seventh-grader at Gaspar de Portola Middle School in Tarzana.
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He said that the Simi road was probably not recognized as a major route between the missions because it was not the one used by Gaspar de Portola and Father Junipero Serra as they traveled the land looking for potential mission sites.
The first known Spaniards came to the area in 1769, led by Don Gaspar de Portola, who was heading to Monterey.
Disrupting the lives of those who live here and recklessly tampering with the local environment are traditions that date back more than two centuries to the moment when the first Europeans, led by Gaspar de Portola, set eyes on the San Fernando Valley in 1769.
It is no wonder that 89 percent of those polled on the Daily News line said no to a 200-foot statue of Gaspar de Portola in the Sepulveda basin as a symbol of what the San Fernando Valley is.