Friday, August 18, 1769
To Santa Barbara (historic marker at the southwest corner of the grounds of the courthouse).
California Registered Landmark - 306



Gaspar de Portolá
The 18th of August, we proceeded for five hours along the seashore. We halted in a town which had forty or more houses inhabited by over five hundred natives; they made us a present of many fish and we made them a suitable return. This town had ten canoes. Besides this one, there were in the vicinity two other towns, ruined and deserted, the inhabitants having mutually exterminated each other.

Miguel Costansó
From the Pueblo de la Carpintería we marched to the Pueblo de la Laguna, distant three leagues from the first. We pitched our camp close to a pond of fresh water, from which the natives that occupy the land and live in the vicinity, take their supply. This was the most populous of all the towns that we, so far, had seen; we estimated that it might contain more than six hundred souls. They offered us as much fish, roasted and fresh, as we could desire, and came to the camp with their women and children; in no other place had we met natives so affectionate and good natured. On our way we found two ruined villages; we could not ascertain why they were so, but we concluded that it might be the effect of the wars and quarrels that arise very easily among the natives.

Fray Juan Crespi
At seven in the morning we left the camp and followed the same plain in a westerly direction, along the beach. We were accompanied by the chief of the village from which we had just come, and by the chief of the town ahead, who came last night with the explorers, and, following his example, a crowd of Indians, all pleased and merry. After traveling one league we came to the ruins of a village. The heathen told us that about three months ago the Sierra Indians had come down to fight and had killed all the people; two leagues and a half from our starting place we found the ruins of another village which had suffered the same disaster. In these places there are springs of water which are used by these villages. On this march, which lasted four hours, we saw bear tracks. After four leagues' travel we came to a large village, much larger than the preceding, which is near a long point of land running into the sea. With some difficulty we crossed a large estuary which penetrates deeply into the land, passed near the village, and pitched camp about two gunshots from it. A short time after our arrival all the people came with a generous present of fish, which they brought in seven very large loads. The gift was reciprocated with beads, and they went away very happy. In a little while the canoes that were out fishing came in, and immediately all the people, old and young, returned with a present of fresh fish, making about four loads of this alone. With this present more than five hundred persons, of sexes and all ages, came to the camp, and we had them visiting us nearly all day. Near the village there is a spring of good water, and near the camp we found a large lagoon which does not seem to be seasonal, but to have a spring in the center. The mesas of this place have many large live oaks. This town was called Laguna de la Concepcion.*Observation of the latitude could not be made because the day was cloudy. The islands can be seen from here.

August 17 To Carpinteria.
August 19 To the West side of Santa Barbara, at or near Arroyo Burro.