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					                                   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
                                   witnessed the arrival of Anza in March of 1776 at                     
                                   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.

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