Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo

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Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo (also called "Sagrada Familia" - Holy Family) was a 6,916-acre (27.99 km2) Mexican land grant in the northern Salinas Valley, in present-day Monterey County, California. It was given in 1822 by Governor Pablo Vicente de Solá to Joaquín de la Torre.[1]

The grant was bounded on the north by Rancho Bolsa Nueva y Moro Cojo, and present-day Castroville.[2][3]


José Joaquín de la Torre was a soldier from Spain who was alcalde in Monterey, and afterwards secretary to Governor Sola. Torre married Maria Los Angeles Cota (1790-1877) in 1803. Torre was granted two square leagues in the rancho in 1822. He sold the rancho, also called La Familia Sagrada, to John B.R. Cooper in 1829.[4] In 1840, Joaquín de la Torre was granted Rancho Arroyo Seco by Governor Juan B. Alvarado.

In 1840, Captain Cooper traded Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo for Alvarado's Rancho El Sur. Alvarado was a nephew of Cooper's wife, Encarnacion Vallejo. Alvarado later sold Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo back to Cooper.[4]

After the Mexican government ceded California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that land grants would be honored, but required that the owners provide legal proof of their title. As required by the Land Act of 1851, Cooper filed a claim for Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and after several years of litigation he was granted a Land patent in 1859.[6]

See also[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. ^ "Diseño del Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo".
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo
  4. ^ a b Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9.
  5. ^ "United States District Court (California: Southern District) Land Case 7 SD".
  6. ^ "Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-20.

Coordinates: 36°45′36″N 121°45′36″W / 36.760°N 121.760°W / 36.760; -121.760