2 figs., 8 maps, 7 tables

El Camino Real de California

From Ancient Pathways to Modern Byways
By Joseph P. Sánchez



The arrival of Spaniards in 1769 served as a defining moment for California’s future. They described the First Peoples and their cultures and provided a window into the evolution of California’s Camino Real. In an effort to establish the Camino Real de California as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Joseph P. Sánchez explores the rich history of the path running from San Diego to San Francisco in this significant study. While records capture the stories and legends of the Camino Real there is little information on the exact ground route. Sánchez utilizes historical and archaeological literature and the documentation from Spanish and Mexican archives to begin the much-needed process of authentication of this braided corridor to further establish the Camino Real de California’s integrity and valuable history, which is shared with Spain, Mexico, and Native American tribes. Their story is part of the patrimony of the Camino Real de California, which ought to be authenticated, preserved, and protected for future generations to enjoy.

Contributor Bios
Joseph P. Sánchez is the director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at the University of New Mexico. After thirty-five years, he retired from the National Park Service in 2014. He has published studies on historic trails including the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Camino Real de los Tejas, and the Old Spanish Trail. He has taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, Santa Ana College in California, and the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara.