Rancho Tecate, or Rancho Cañada de Tecate was a land grant made to Juan Bandini in 1829, by the Mexican governor of Alta California, José María de Echeandía. He granted 4,439 acres (18 km2) of land in the valley of Tecate. A grant to Juan Bandini is recorded as being completed for Rancho Cañada de Tecate on July 12, 1834 under governor José Figueroa.
The Rancho Tecate the most remote in a series of ranchos located eastward from San Diego along the trail established between Sonora and Alta California, that crossed the Colorado River south of modern Algodones, in 1828. This trail passed through Ranchos Tijuana, San Isidro Ajajolojol and finally Tecate.
In 1836, the mountain dwelling Kumeyaay with some aid from some former mission neophytes, raided and plundered the rancho. They besieged the ranch house and due to the house being built on an elevation,the men within managed to hold out until it was relieved by a force from San Diego. With his stock and horses stolen and the house burned, Bandini like owners of other ranchos near San Diego had to abandon the isolated rancho, into the 1840s. Due to the continuing hostilites with the Kumeyaay, Bandini never returned, being compensated with Rancho Jurupa, in 1838.
- Historia Baja, Capítulo XXV, Tecate, p.384
- California Surveyor General's Office, Biennial Report of the Surveyor-General of the State of California, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1881, p.519, Recorded in Book of Titles, No 2 p.22.
- Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of the Pacific States of North America (Volume 15),CALIFORNIA, VOL. III. 1825-1840, A. L. BANCROFT & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS, 1885, p. 614
- The Life And Adventures In California Of Don Agustin Janssens 1834-1856, William H. Ellison, editor, The Huntington Library, San Marino ,1953, p.66
- Jurupa grant (Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Calif.): Juan Bandini, claimant: case no. 213, Southern District, 1838-1879 from cdlib.org accessed May 21, 2014
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