Profiles in Mojave Desert History
Pedro Fages first came to California in 1769, arriving in San Diego Bay as part of an
advance party of Gaspar de Portola's famous expedition. He became Military Governor of
Alta California, 1770-1774 and 1782-1791.
Fages led an expedition along the edge of the western Mojave along the northern foothills of the
San Gabriel Mountains looking for deserters from the Spanish Army. He entered by way of the Cajon Pass and
continued through to Lake Elizabeth.
Fages was industrious, energetic, a rugged frontiersman and explorer. He was skilful as a hunter and a
dashing horseman. Fond of children, they would crowd round him and rarely failed to find his pockets stored
with dulces (sweets). He was of fair education and executive abilities; hot-tempered and inclined to storm
over trifles, always ready to quarrel with anybody from his wife to the padre presidente. He was kind-hearted
and thoroughly devoted to royal service attending to every petty detail of his official duty along with his
house, his horse, and above all his garden in Monterey
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Timeline of History of the Mojave Desert
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The Mohave Indian Trail
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Changes were Bound to Occur
The padre later had the head returned to the natives, and the offending soldier was taken by Commandante Pedro Fages to Monterey so he would be removed from ...
Spanish soldier, Pedro Fages, first traveled through the pass in his search for deserters from the Spanish Army. Horse thieves such as Walkara, known as the ...
History of the Cajon Pass
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