Don Jose Dario Arguello’s son, Don Luis Antonio Arguello inherited the rancho. He married Maria de Soledad de Ortega and built an adobe hacienda on the corner of Magnolia and Cedar (approximately 1821) and was Commandante at San Francisco Presidio in 1806 and Presidente there in 1822-1825.

In 1822 he became Gobernador of Alta California (the first native son to become Gobernador under Mexican rule). In 1823 he and his family moved to Monterey where he died in 1830. It was in his time that the rancho in San Carlos became known as “Rancho de las Pulgas” (Rancho of the Fleas). Don Luis was born in 1784 and died in 1830.

PHOTO: The Hispanic colonial era Presidio of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Drawing by Louis Choris – Rurik-Expedition, in November 1817.



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