Rancho Cañada de los Capitancillos

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Rancho Cañada de los Capitancillos was a 1,110-acre (4.5 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Santa Clara County, California given in 1842 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Justo Larios.[1] The name means the Valley of the Little Captains. The grant was south of present day San Jose and bounded on the west by the Guadalupe River.[2][3]


Justo Larios (1808–), son of Jose Larios, was a military artilleryman at the Presidio of San Francisco. Larios was granted the one square league Rancho Los Capitancillos in 1842. Larios sold the whole grant to Grove C. Cook (–1852) in 1845.[4] In 1848 Cook sold the northern part of the grant (Rancho Cañada de los Capitancillos) to the Guadalupe Mining Company.[5] Cook died in 1852,[6] and Charles Fossat bought the other three-quarters of the grant in a sheriff's sale.[7]

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 Cañada de los Capitancillos was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[8] and the grant was patented to Guadalupe Mining Company in 1871.[9]


  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 Cañada de los Capitancillos
  3. ^ Early Santa Clara Ranchos, Grants, Patents and Maps
  4. ^ Portrait of Justo Larios
  5. ^ Gray v. Quicksilver Mining Company (Circuit Court, N. D. California. June 24, 1895.), pp. 677-685
  6. ^ J. P. Munro-Fraser, 1881, History of Santa Clara County, California, Alley, Bowen & Co., San Francisco
  7. ^ Grattan v Wiggins, 1863, Reports of cases determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California, Volume 23, pp.16-39, Bancroft-Whitney Company
  8. ^ United States. District Court (California : Northern District) Land Case 142 ND
  9. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 37°13′48″N 121°54′00″W / 37.230°N 121.900°W / 37.230; -121.900