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Joaquín Velázquez de León

Royal Officer in Baja California, 1768-1770

Joaquín Velázquez de León: Royal Officer in Baja California, 1768-1770 brings to life the eighteenth century efforts of Velázquez de León, who served the Spanish Crown in Mexico, documented the 1769 Transit of Venus from Baja California’s first civilian settlement, Real de Santa Ana, and saw the Serra/Portolá expedition depart to found San Diego.

About the Author

Iris Engstrand

Iris Engstrand

Iris Engstrand is Professor of History at the University of San Diego. The author of 18 books, papers, and monographs on southern California and Baja California history, Dr. Engstrand is recognized as the foremost authority on the history of San Diego. Her titles include Inspired by Nature: The San Diego Natural History Museum, and Harley Knox: San Diego's Mayor for the People. Dr. Engstrand received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. Her academic honors include USD's distinguished University Professorship, The Davies Award, plus Awards of Merit from the San Diego and California Historical Societies. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and Huntington Library, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Council for the Humanities.