Notes for Gabriel Moraga: Enlisted in San Fransico Company Dec 1, 1783. Commandante of Presidio Mission. Also founded the Santa Clara Mission. Was an Explorer who named the Merced, Kings, San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. Experienced 46 sorties against the native american indians. Lieutenant for San Barbara in 1817. Gov. Jose Arrillaga sent a number of expeditions into the interior both to punish marauding Indians and to locate desireable sites for a chain of inland missions similar to those along the coast. Gabriel Moraga played a leading role in these expeditions ranging from the Cajon Pass (now called the El Cajon Pass) and the Mojave villages of the Mojave desert and the upper Sacramento river area. Amoung other notable explorations, Moraga visited and named the San Joaquin River. He was buried at the Santa Barbara Mission. His explorations gave the Spaniards a fairly accurate knowledge of the interior of California.
He discovered the interior valley and they named Moraga Valley after him. He reached the position of Lieutenant by 1818.
More About Gabriel Moraga: Military service 1: Commandante of Presidio Mission. Military service 2: Founded Santa Clara Mission. Occupation: Expolorer who names merced, kings, san joaquin, and sacramento rivers.
More About Gabriel Moraga and Ana Maria Bernal: Marriage: August 02, 1784, Mission Delores, San Francisco, CA.
More About Gabriel Moraga and Joaquina Alvarado: Marriage: July 27, 1806, Mission San Gabriel, CA.
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