Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit

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Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit was a 13,316-acre (53.89 km2) Spanish land grant in present day Los Angeles County, California given by Spanish Governor José Joaquín de Arrillaga in 1804 to José Bartolomé Tapia.[1]


José Bartolomé Tapia was the eldest of nine children of Felipe Santiago Tapia, a soldier in the De Anza Expedition of 1775. In 1800, José Bartolomé Tapia applied, as a reward for his own Army service, for a grant of the land he saw as a youth. The grant was made in 1804, and Tapia settled on the land, to graze his cattle and raise his family.[2]

In 1848 Tapia's widow (Maria Francisca Mauricia Villalobo) sold the rancho to her grandson-in-law, Leon Victor Prudhomme who had married a daughter of Tiburcio Tapia, grantee of Rancho Cucamonga.

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, Prudhomme filed a claim for Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit but could not document the Tapia title and the claim was rejected.[3] In 1857 he sold his undefined interest in the land to Irishman Matthew (Mateo) Keller (1811–1881).[4] Keller was able to perfect his claim to the land, and receive a patent in 1872.[5]

Eleven years after Keller's death, the rancho was sold to Boston and Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Frederick Hastings Rindge in 1891.[6]

Historic sites of the Rancho[edit]

Tapia family[edit]

  • Felipe Santiago Tapia (1745–1811), soldier in the de Anza Expedition.[8][9]
  • Jose Bartolome Tapia (1766–1824), son of Felipe Santiago Tapia, eldest of nine children, grantee of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit.
  • Tiburcio Tapia (1789–1845), son of Jose Bartolome Tapia, grantee of Rancho Cucamonga, Mayor of Los Angeles 1830, 1839 and 1840. Married María Tomasa Valdéz.
  • Maria Merced Tapia de Prudhomme, daughter of Tiburcio Tapia, married Leon Victor Prudhomme.


  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. ^ Malibu History Archived February 20, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 147 SD
  4. ^ An Illustrated History of Los Angeles County, California, 1889 ,Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago
  5. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  6. ^ Malibu History Archived May 12, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Adamson House Archived May 17, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Anza Expedition Roll Call Archived February 17, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Soldiers Of The De Anza 1775 Expedition Archived August 24, 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 34°03′00″N 118°41′24″W / 34.050°N 118.690°W / 34.050; -118.690