Judge Bernal will share unexpected facts about the Anza Expedition of 1775 when 220 family members traveled from Nogales, New Spain, now Mexico, to Yerba Buena, now San Francisco. Their goal was to establish a presidio, a mission and a town. He will help us understand why his ancestors would join such an expedition, what life was like for them, and how they managed after arriving. You will learn about the Bernals, Bernal Road and other early settlers.
Paul Bernal is a Superior Court Judge presiding over jury trials. He teaches history at Santa Clara University and presents history at San Jose State University. An eighth generation Californian, he has been the Official Historian of the City of San Jose for 22 years and has extensive experience as a leader of various local history societies.
Free and open to all.
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