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Catalog Number 1979-861-1
Accession number 1979-861
Object Name Map
Collection Spanish-Mexican Records of the San Jose Pueblo
Title Hand drawn map of Pueblo of San Jose, 1781
Date 1781/ /
Dates of Creation 1781
Year Range from 1781
Year Range to 1781
Description This 1 June 1781 map of Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe is the first known map of what is today San Jose, California. The creation date of 23 April 1781 is often erroneously attributed to this map, because readers saw that date in the text without translating the document.

This map represents the original site of the pueblo from November 1777 to approximately 1791. Therefore, the lands depicted are approximately between Guadalupe Freeway, Hedding Street, North First Street and Hobson Street.

This map represents the suertes (farm lots) that were outside the pueblo proper. The pueblo proper is seen as a square at the top of the map, marked with a cross. Within that square would have been the solares (town lots). The outlying suertes are seen as the 21 squares with names in them. These lots were irrigated by the Guadalupe River, which fed into the farm lots via the main water ditch, seen at the upper right side.

An English translation of this map is available, completed by Paul Bernal and Rose Marie Beebe in 2013. (See attached).
Creator Moraga, Joseph
Other Creators Beebe, Rose Marie (Translator)
Bernal, Paul (Translator)
Copyrights Original document is in the public domain. Any transcriptions or translations are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (
Language of Material Spanish
Level of description Item
People Moraga, Joseph
Subjects San Jose, Calif.-- Maps
Santa Clara County Calif. -- Maps
Mexicans -- California -- History (LCSH)
Spaniards -- California -- History (LCSH)
Extent of Description 1 page, 28 x 20 cm.
Relation Show Related Records...
High Resolution Original Image High resolution image (PDF)
English Translation 2013 English translation (PDF)
Credit line Spanish-Mexican Records of the San Jose Pueblo (1979-861), History San Jose