ECV1850 Plaque:
Robles-Garcia Monument

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SECUNDINO ROBLES     MARÍA ANTONIA GARCÍA
c. 1811-1890                           c. 1816-1896
HERE LIE A DON AND DOŃA,
PROUD CALIFORNIOS WHO SHAPED THIS REGION
UNDER SPANISH, MEXICAN, AND UNITED STATES GOVERNANCE

    IN 1824, AT AGE 13, SECUNDINO DISCOVERED AN ANCIENT OHLONE CINNABAR MINE IN PRESENT-DAY
NEW ALMADEN, FOR CENTURIES, THE OHLONE PEOPLE PULVERIZED THE AREA'S CINNABAR INTO A RED PIGMENT
TO BE USED AS BODY PAINT. THE NEW ALMADEN QUICKSILVER MINE EVENTUALLY BECAME THE REGION'S MOST
PROFITABLE WORKINGS, PRODUCING MORE WEALTH THAN ANY OTHER CALIFORNIA MINE, INCLUDING THOSE
FROM THE GOLD RUSH ERA.

    IN THE 1830'S SECUNDINO MARRIED MARÍA ANTONIA GARCÍA, HIS GUIDING LIGHT. THEIR FRUITFUL MARRIAGE
OF MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS YIELDED TWENTY-NINE CHILDREN.

    DURING THE 1840'S, SECONDINO SERVED AS MAYORDOMO (SUPERINTENDENT) OF MISSION SANTA CLARA. IN 1847,
HE PLAYED A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE BATTLE OF SANTA CLARA. THE "BATTLE" WAS THE ONLY SKIRMISH
WAGED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR (1846-1848). ALTHOUGH SECUNDINO
WAS NOT OPPOSED TO CALIFORNIA BECOMING PART OF THE UNITED STATES, HE AND HIS NEIGHBORS FOUGHT
AGAINST AMERICAN FORCES IN ORDER TO PROTEST THE OVERALL MISTREATMENT OF CALIFORNIOS AND THE
BLATANT THEFT OF PERSONAL PROPERTY BY INVADING U.S. TROOPS.

    IN SEPTEMBER 1847, SECUNDINO AND HIS BROTHER, TEODORO, PURCHASED RANCHO RINCON DE SAN
FRANCISQUITO
IN PRESENT-DAY PALO ALTO, RENAMING IT RANCHO SANTA RITA. IT IS HERE THE ROBLES FAMILY
GRACIOUSLY HOSTED MANY FIESTAS, FANDANGOS, BULLFIGHTS, AND BEARBAITINGS.

    ULTIMATELY, THE ROBLES FAMILY LOST THEIR WEALTH AND TITLE TO THEIR LAND, A COMMON OUTCOME FOR
CALIFORNIOS DURING THIS LITIGIOUS TRANSITION TO AMERICAN RULE. AT THE TIME OF THEIR DEATHS, THE
ROBLESES WERE LEFT WITH INSUFFICIENT ASSETS TO PAY FOR A HEADSTONE. THIS PLAQUE ATTEMPTS TO REMEDY
THAT INJUSTICE.
DEDICATED 2021

BY

CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER No. 1850

E CLAMPUS VITUS

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This plaque is located in the
Mission Santa Clara Cemetery
490 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Santa Clara County

The cemetery is at the corner of North Winchester Street and Bellomy Street.
Use the entrance archway at the dead-end of Lincoln Street.

Robles Monument map

The Robles-Garcia monument is indicated as a red star on the map.

Download and print a .pdf map of the cemetery

GPS
  Mission Santa Clara Cemetery Entrance Gate  
WGS84 Datum
N.   37.3407°
W. -121.94877°


GPS
  Robles-Garcia Monument  
WGS84 Datum
N.   37.34165°
W. -121.94997°


Mission Cemetery Entrance Archway
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery entrance archway
at the dead-end of Lincoln Street.

Robles Plaque Site
The Robles-Garcia Monument site (on the right side of photo),
is just West of the bronze-domed building and the row of
tall Italian Cypress trees.


Photo of plaque unveiling - Before
VNGH Jas Koger and Russ Robinson unveil the new plaque.


Photo of plaque unveiling - After


Photo of Robles-Garcia Family Descendants
Descendants of the Robles-Garcia family.


Photo of Pioneers of California
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County.


SATISFACTORY!

SATISFACTORY!!!






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