The Battle of Santa Clara

The Battle of Santa Clara (HMG4P)

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95050 Santa Clara County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 21.156', W 121° 57.234'

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January 2-7, 1847

The Battle of Santa Clara was the only campaign fought in the Northern district of California between Californios and United States forces during the Mexican-American war. In the 1840's an oak forest grew near the present Lawrence Expressway, but brackish water and marshy soil limited tree growth in the region to the east providing an unobstructed view of Mission Santa Clara three miles ahead. The battle took place in this open plain.

As you face towards City Hall, the battle area ranged from your left, towards Lawrence Expressway, to your right, towards the De La Cruz overpass. The American Expeditionary force emerged from the trees, on a road that reached the present El Camino Real at Pomeroy Avenue. At that point they first sited the deployed rancheros on horseback on the open plain. When the Americans' cannon mired in the mud, halting their march, the rancheros came closer. This site was near where today El Camino crosses Saratoga Creek. An exchange of gunfire occurred with no one hurt. The rancheros returned to their camp, within sight of the people watching from the mission rooftops. After extracting their cannon from the mud the Americans continued to the mission. The skirmishing lasted approximately two hours, but it took five days of negotiations before the official treaty ceremony ended the Battle of Santa Clara.
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HM NumberHMG4P
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Year Placed2000
Placed BySanta Clara Historical and Landmarks Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 3:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 592647 N 4134501
Decimal Degrees37.35260000, -121.95390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.156', W 121° 57.234'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 9.36" N, 121° 57' 14.04" W
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Area Code(s)408, 619, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1515 El Camino Real, Santa Clara CA 95050, US
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