Luís María Peralta

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Don Luís María Peralta (1759 – August 26 1851) was a soldier in the Spanish Army who, after his service, received the large land grant of Rancho San Antonio, a 44,800 acre (181 km²) plot that encompassed most of the East Bay region of California.


  • Plant your lands and reap; these be your best gold fields, for all must eat while they live.
    • Archives Santa Cruz, MS., 107; quoted in Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of California, vol. VI (1890), ch. V, pp. 65-66

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