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Hobson Street near First. On back: "Last of Pueblo Adobe on land of J. A. McDonald. House owned by Valerio Mesa, one of five soldiers accompanied expedition of 'Pabladores' or settler as guards. Mesa Adobe, Hobson Street between San Pedro and First built prob. 1778. Last Pueblo adobes removed in 1879 on land purchased by Archie McDonald." Featured on page 3 of the book, "Santa Clara Valley: Images of the Past" (1977) with the following text: El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was established in 1777 to provide agricultural products to the Spanish forts at Monterey and San Francisco and to the Spanish ships that plyed the Pacific Coast. At the behest of Felipe de Neve, Governor of the Province of Alta California, nine soldiers with farming experience were chosen from the garrisons at San Francisco and Monterey to accompany five civilian settlers with their families to a site on the east bank of the Guadalupe River. Each man and his family were to be issued plowshares, muskets, cows, horses, sheep and other livestock to foster development of this small colony. A member of thhis colonizing expedition was Valerio de Mesa, a Spaniard whose name has been associated with the adobe shown here. De Mesa, along with the rest of the settlers, was given a house lot fifty-five feet by one hundred ten feet. This adobe, said to be part of the original pueblo, stood between San Pedro and First Streets on the north side of Hobson Street.
Adobe buildings (LCSH)
San Jose (Calif.)--History--18th century (LCSH)

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