Bernardo de Galvez
The Royal Presidio at Santa Barbara
During this period of time, important officials in Spain and modern day Mexico accelerated the northern thrust of Spanish settlements, and established military bases to protect these new settlements. An example of such forts is the Royal Presidio in Santa Barbara (founded in 1782) which, among other reasons was constructed because of the threat of English privateers or piratic attacks. In addition to being charged with the protection of these new settlements from attacks from British ships plying the waters of California, garrison soldiers - soldados, as well as citizens of the new settlements were taxed by King Carlos to support the cause of the American Revolution.
The pictures on this page were taken at the dedication of the Royal Presidio at Santa Barbara as a Revolutionary War Memorial site by the Sons of the American Revolution in 2007. A more complete accounting of the Spanish Contribution to the American Revolution may be found here, and was been written for this site by our esteemed compatriot, and retired Professor of History at Santa Barbara City College, Dr. George Frakes