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Encyclopedia > Gabriel Moraga

Spanish army officer Gabriel Moraga was one of the first Europeans to explore California's Great Central Valley. He is the source of many of the place names in the region, including San Joaquin, Modesto, Sacramento, Merced, Kings, Mariposa, and Calaveras. Moraga led armies of Spanish soldiers through the valley and displaced local Native American groups. The California Central Valley The California Central Valley dominates the central portion of the state of California. ... The eight-county San Joaquin Valley is the part of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Stockton. ... Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California. ... Sacramento from near the Sacramento River Sacramento is the county seat of Sacramento County, California and the capital of the U.S. state of California. ... Merced is the county seat of Merced County, California in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. ... The Kings River is a major river of California, USA. It arises in the Sierra Nevada, in three forks. ... Mariposa County is a county in California located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. ... Calaveras County is a county located in Californias Gold Country. ...


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Encyclopedia of San Francisco (443 words)
Moraga served as a military officer in the Spanish Army of Mexico and as second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza on Anza's second expedition to the California missions.
Moraga went on to explore and map portions of the Bay Area with the assistance of members of local tribes of indigenous groups.
In an unusual gesture of honor, Moraga's remains were disinterred and moved to the sanctuary of the new mission church of San Francisco de Asís on April 8, 1791.
Gabriel Moraga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (116 words)
Spanish army officer Gabriel Moraga was one of the first Europeans to explore California's Great Central Valley.
He is the source of many of the place names in the region, including San Joaquin, Modesto, Sacramento, the Merced River (which he named El Rio Nuestra Senora de la Merced (The River of Our Lady of Mercy)) and Merced, Kings, Mariposa, and Calaveras.
Moraga led armies of Spanish soldiers through the valley and displaced local Native American groups.
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