Founder of San Francisco. An officer in the Spanish army, Lieutenant Don Jose Joaquin Moraga arrived in California as second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza during Anza's expedition to the area. Moraga would be chosen by Anza to lead a group of men who, in 1776, established the first settlements of the town of San Francisco. Moraga would also establish the Presidio at San Francisco and serve as its first military commander, a position he held until his death. In November of 1777, Moraga would found a town to the south, which was called San Jose de Guadalupe and later renamed San Jose. Moraga passed away in San Francisco in 1785, and laid to rest at the Mission in San Francisco five years later.
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