Rancho Noche Buena

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Rancho Noche Buena was a 4,412-acre (17.85 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1835 by Governor José Castro to Juan Antonio Muñoz.[1] The name means "Christmas Eve". The grant extended along Monterey Bay northeast of Monterey, an encompassed present day Seaside.

History[edit]

The one square league Rancho Noche Buena was granted to Juan Antonio Munoz in 1835. Juan Antonio Munoz (1800-) married Manuela Cruz. Munoz was a Captain in the Mexican army at Monterey. He was exiled with Nicolás Gutiérrez in 1836.[2][3]

With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Noche Buena was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[4] and the grant was patented to José and Jaime de Puig Monmany in 1862.[5]

José and Jaime de Puig Monmany received five sixths of the grant and José Munoz (an heir) one sixth.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ogden Hoffman, 1862, Reports of Land Cases Determined in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Numa Hubert, San Francisco
  2. ^ George Tays, 1936,The Surrender of Monterey by Governor Nicolas Gutierrez November 5, 1836: An Account from Unpublished Correspondence, California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Dec., 1936), pp. 338-363
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 
  4. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 237 SD
  5. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886


Coordinates: 36°37′48″N 121°49′48″W / 36.630°N 121.830°W / 36.630; -121.830