Mojave River Valley Museum
Spanish Explorers :
Garces - Crossing the Mojave
From Mojave to San Gabriel
Mar. 1. I went three leagues northwest, accompanied by the principal captain of the Jamajabs; and having turned aside from the
fields of wheat I arrived at the rancherias where was his house, and which I named (Rancherias) de Santa Isabel.1
Mar. 2. I tarried at request of the captain in order to satisfy others who desired to see me. This day visited me another captain with his
people, and two Indians of the Chemebet nation.
Mar. 5. I proceeded three leagues on the course northwest with some turns to the westnorthwest.2 I observed this locality to be in 35° 01', and
I named it San Pedro de los Jamajabs.2 In this situation and in that below there are good mesas for the foundation of missions, and though they
are near the river they are free from inundation.
1 These rancherias were in the vicinity of the present railroad station Needles.
* So my copy, oestnoroeste, but there seems to be some doubt of this reading. Bancroft's copy had the
impossible " east- northwest " (Hist. Cal., i, p. 275); Beaumont MS. has estnor- ueste, and so has the pub.
Doc., p. 276. I am inclined to make it estnordeste, eastnortheast.
' If we allow the reading eastnortheast, we can bring Garces