The Borderlands Archive is an active collection of research, mappings and contributed artifacts from the U.S.- Mexico borderlands that symbolize connection across territorial divide. Collected objects and information represent physical, social, political and environmental connections that form a counter-narrative, or collective public record about a contested space between two countries. 

Mission Dolores, 1776
Mission San Francisco de Asís or more commonly known as Mission Dolores i San Francisco’s oldest standing structure <3

Restored by Willis Polk.

A nice piece  by The Chronicle’s Gary Kamiya here: Mission Dolores’ dark legacy for Indians: From salvation to subjugation and death

Explorers from New Spain “discover” San Francisco, August 5 1775

Description of the Newly-discovered Port of San FranciscoSituated in Latitude 37° 53' North, Longitude 17° 10' West of San Blas 
By Lieutenant Don Juan Manuel Ayala

“Placed about two leagues west-southwest of Point Almejas52, latitude 37° 42', the following is to be seen: First that it53 is large, with two red barrancas54, and second, that to the north there are three white rocks at a stone's throw55. From that point the coast runs north-northeast, forming a small harbor in which there are five submerged rocks close to its shore; above it some white barrancas56, ending in a sloping bill which top, to the north, is what is called Angel Point57. This has near it several rocks58, the furtherest one a gunshot distant. From this point there is a harbor sufficient to accommodate any vessel59, not only on account of its bottom, but because it is sheltered from all winds excepting those from the west-southwest. The middle of this harbor is to the northwest, where a copious creek empties60; the point runs northeast 1/4 east. This harbor, with the one inside of it, which I called San Jose61, has been found very good, with the prevailing winds from the south to the northwest. “

California Historical Landmark #236: First Ship into San Francisco Bay
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 236 @ Beach & Larkin St. SF


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