Pablo Antonio Cota was born circa 1744 at Loreto in Visit Los Soldados on the internet
Baja California. On July 4, 1768 he enlisted as a
soldier at the age of 24. In March of 1769 he
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traveled with the Portolá expedition to San Diego.
Cota was with the 2nd land party that discovered
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the Port of Monterey in May of 1770.
Pablo Cota was stationed at Monterey from 1771-
1774. In 1774 he was transferred to Mission San presidios and soldiers bibliography
Luis Obispo as a cabo (corporal). He most likely
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San Luis Obispo. In November of 1776 Pablo Cota
married Rosa María Lugo at Mission San Luis
Pablo Cota was cabo de la escolta (corporal of the
mission guard) in 1778 at Mission San Antonio de
Padua. Felipe de Neve promoted Cota to Sergeant
at San Gabriel in 1781 and listed him as one of the
soldiers destined for Santa Barbara.
Cota was in charge of the escolta at Mission San
Buenaventura from its very beginning. In 1782 he
was formally listed as Sargento de Compañia
Presidial de Santa Bárbara (Sergeant of the
Presidial Company of Santa Barbara).
In March of 1788 Sergeant Cota established the
Pablo Antonio Cota new mission La Purísima Concepción in what is now
Lompoc. He was promoted to Alférez that same
year. He continued to supervise work at Purísima
and served as paymaster at the Santa Barbara
Presidio in 1792. In 1793 Cota supervised the
construction of a crossing on the Pajaró River (near Jim Elwell Martinez (front) is a Historical
Watsonville). He inspected escoltas at various Interpreter and a member of Los Soldados
missions and served as acting commandant of Santa del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara.
Barbara in 1797. He headed a survey party for
Soldado de Cuera, Portolá , 1769 Mission Santa Inés in 1789.
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic
Alferez Cota died December 30, 1800, and was Preservation, PO Box 388
Sargento, Santa Barbara, 1782 buried at the Presidio of Santa Barbara. He was Santa Barbara, CA. 93102
55 years old at the time of his death having served (805) 965-0093
Alférez, Santa Barbara, 1788 as a presidio soldier for 32 years.1
Antepasados, Volume III; Publication of Los Californianos, 1978-1979.