Rancho Santa Rosa (Cota)

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Rancho Santa Rosa was a 15,526-acre (62.83 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Santa Barbara County, California one and half square leagues given in 1839 by Governor Pro-tem Manuel Jimeno, and two additional square leagues given in 1845 by Governor Pío Pico to Francisco Cota.[1] The grant in the Santa Ynez Valley extended along both banks of the Santa Ynez River at Santa Rosa Creek, west of present day Buellton.[2][3]


Francisco Atanasio Cota (1787–1851) was a soldier at the Presidio of Santa Barbara.[4] In 1811, he married María de Jesus Olivera (1791–). He was administrator at Mission Santa Inés 1837-1841.

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 Santa Rosa was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to María Jesús Olivera de Cota in 1872.[6]

Joseph W. Cooper[7] bought Rancho Santa Rosa in 1868.[8]

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  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. ^ Diseño del Rancho Santa Rosa
  3. ^ Santa Barbara County Rancho Map
  4. ^ "Francisco Atanasio Cota". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 294 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  7. ^ Frank Sands, 1893 ,A pastoral prince: the history and reminiscences of J.W. Cooper, Santa Barbara
  8. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Hero & Ethel Rensch, and William N. Abeloe (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 

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Coordinates: 34°36′36″N 120°16′48″W / 34.610°N 120.280°W / 34.610; -120.280