Wednesday, August 16, 1769
To Rincon Point near Rincon Creek.



Gaspar de Portolá
The 16th, we proceeded for three hours, the whole time along the beach, and have halted in a place where there is little pasture. In this place there is a town which has thirty or more houses made of rushes; the town has more than three hundred in habitants. There have come to our camp some natives from the islands off the coast. In the town there are seven canoes, well built, eight yards in length and one in width and, in lieu of nails, they fasten the boards with cords and pay them well with tar. They made us a present of many fish.

Miguel Costansó
In the morning we marched for another two leagues, or a little more, steadily following the coast. We arrived at an Indian village or rather a populous native town, situated right on the shore on a point of land near which ran a small stream of good water. The natives of this village immediately came to the camp this we placed on the opposite side of the stream bringing fish, roasted or grilled in barbecue, for us to eat while their canoes, then out fishing, were returning with fresh fish. These canoes landed on the beach shortly afterwards, and brought an abundance of bonito and bass, which they gave us and offered in such quantity that we might have loaded the pack-animals with fish if we had had the facilities to salt and prepare it. Moreover, they gave us fish dried without salt (this they not use in their victuals) which we took as a precaution, and it was of great service to us on the journey. One of the chiefs or caciques of this town was in La Asumpta when we passed through that place, and was one of those who took the greatest care to please us. He was a robust man, of good figure and countenance, and a great dancer, and for this reason we gave his town the name of El Bailarín. It seemed to us still more populous than La Asumpta, and the houses are of the same structure and appearance.

Fray Juan Crespi
About half-past six we started, following the same road to the west, which is the direction in which the beach runs here, and after traveling two leagues we came to another town larger than Asuncion, for we counted sixty houses, well built, and of the same construction as those of the first town. It has a fine arroyo of good running water which flows into the sea, although a little above, on account of a small eminence, it is dammed up and becomes a sort of estuary. Near the village there are no lands on the seashore except enough for building the town. The hills in the neighborhood are of good soil and are covered with good grass. I do not know whether or not there may be an arroyo or plains above in the openings between the hills. It is necessary to explore the region, for if it has them it would be a good place for a mission. The Indians are very mild and friendly; we observed that they had seven canoes in the sea in which they were fishing. As soon as we arrived all the people came to visit us, and brought us a great supply of roasted fish to eat until the canoes should arrive with fresh ones. They soon landed on the beach, and in a little while afterwards they brought us an abundance of bonitos and perch, which they gave us in such quantities that we could have loaded the entire pack train if we had had any means of preparing and salting them. They gave us also fish dried without salt, which they do not use in their food. We carried the fish with us as a precaution, and it served us well during the journey. One of the chiefs of this town was at that of Asumpta when we passed, and was the one who took the most pains to show us attention. He is a man of good figure and regular physiognomy, and a great dancer, for which reason the soldiers named the place the Town of El Bailarin, while I called it Santa Clara de Monte Falco. I took the latitude and found it to be thirty- four degrees and forty minutes. The bed of the arroyo of this town is well grown with willows, cottonwoods, alders, and live oaks.

August 15 To or near Pitas Point.
August 17 To Carpinteria.