The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 193
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The Alta California Supply Ships, 1773-76
brought from Sonora by Anza."8 Twenty-five more soldiers had
been sent to Alta California in consequence of an Indian out-
break at San Diego, and a few sailors had been left by the Prin
cipe. The province might thus be considered to. have advanced
and become better guarded, but this had also made necessary the
shipment ,of increased stores of supplies, until such time as the
soil should provide enough to relieve the royal treasury. Rivera
had failed to pay attention to agricultural development of the
province; otherwise, there might have been crops enough to sus-
tain the settlers.89
Meanwhile, the boat shortage had been cleared up by the chance
arrival at Acapulco of the merchant ship. Fenix, coming from
Guayaquil. Areche could go to Peru in that, wrote Bucarely on
December 27, as also a naval officer to solicit a frigate there for
use in the projected exploration. This expedition had been sus-
pended, however, until 1778, as scarcity of boats was still a factor.
Bucarely then recounted various measures by which he planned
to hasten supplies to Alta California. But for the arrival of
the Penix, it would have been difficult to send enough. As mat-
ters were, the Santiago could replace the smaller San. Carlos and
with the aid of the Principe could perhaps carry all the provi-
sions required. If it seemed necessary, however, Bucarely would
also send the San Carlos, so that the province might be less em-
barrassed in 1778 when the exploring voyages were to take place.
At all events, it was more important to supply Alta California
than to make the explorations.40
On the same day Bucarely announced the return of the San
Carlos from San Francisco. It brought news that the new set-
tlement was making excellent progress, but Bucarely was not
going to take any chance of a decline. He was seeking a surgeon,
carpenter, mason, and smith in Mexico for that settlement, and
was sending to San Blas by forced marches a quantity of cloth-
ing, tools, and other utensils for San Francisco, agricultural tools
being especially abundant. Having heard that there was a scarcity
of provisions at San Francisco, he had ordered the Santiago to
88Anza brought thirty soldiers destined to, remain. These and their
families aggregated 246 persons.
8OA. G. de I., 104-6-18.
"A. G. de I., 104-6-18.
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