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tion of the documents translated. He has followed Captain Anza
over the trail time and again to identify the actual route, the
water holes and camp sites. The reader thus has the benefit of
the combined experiences and observations of the original Span-
ish travelers, as recorded in the various diaries and reports kept,
and of the author's recent trips following the same landmarks.
The way is so clearly pictured, not only from the past but from
its present condition, that the reader who is familiar with the
country finds himself directing his route by the "tracks" that
seem "scarcely cold" and hastening on his way, hoping to over-
take the caravan ahead.
Volumes II to IV are documentary, containing fifteen diaries
or narratives dealing with Anza's expeditions to California. In
the second are the accounts of the first expedition of 1774. It
consists of three diaries by Captain Anza, one from Tubac to San
Gabriel, another between the same points in reverse order, and
then his Complete Diary, a combination of the above, two. There
is also Father Diaz's diaries from Tubac to San Gabriel and back
again, Father Garc6s's diary from Tubac to San Gabriel and back
to Yuma, his Brief Account of the same trip. as far as San Gabriel
and San Diego, which was a preliminary report to authorities in
Mexico, and a diary of his detour to the Jalchedunes on the Colo-
rado River. The last is Father Pal6u's diary concerning the ex-
ploration of San Francisco Bay for mission sites. It is a con-
necting link between the two Anza expeditions.
It is obvious that there is a considerable amount of duplication
in this compilation owing to the publication of all important in-
formation bearing on Anza's California activities. The accounts
are, however, supplementary, and the value of this procedure will
not be questioned, for it leaves nothing of importance upon this
In the third volume are five narratives. The major part con-
sists of Anza's own diary of his second expedition, Father Font's
Short Diary, which is a summary of his notes before sending his
full report to Mexico, Father Eixarch's diary of his winter on
the Colorado River while Anza was in California, Father Pal6u's,
account of the founding of San Francisco, and Lieutenant Mo-
raga's account of the same event. Of these materials, Font's
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