happy birthdayGet out the candles. This Saturday is the 240th anniversary of the Presidio. The celebration is called the Pasados de Presidio and commemorates the arrival of 240 colonists- soldiers, men, women and children-who journeyed 1,800 miles from Mexico as part of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expediton. Descendents of those families generally show up on these occasions, remembering their back stories with music, ceremonies and history. For a bit darker view of the event, when the Presidio was chiefly a prison for local Indians, I highly recommend reading “The Other Slavery” by Andres Resendez.

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