Rancho San Vicente (Munras)

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Rancho San Vicente was a 19,979-acre (80.85 km2) Mexican land grant in the Salinas Valley, in present day Monterey County, California.[1]

The four square league grant consisted of two square leagues in 1835 by Governor José Castro to Esteban Munras, and two square leagues granted in 1842 by Governor Juan Alvarado. The grant extended along the east bank of the Salinas River and encompassed present day Soledad.[2]


Esteban Carlos Munras (1798–1850) a Spaniard from Barcelona, was a Monterey trader and amateur painter. His wife Catalina Manzanelli de Munras, the daughter of Maria Casilda Ponce De Leon and Nicolas Manzanelli, a silk merchant from Genoa, Italy, was grantee of Rancho Laguna Seca and Rancho San Francisquito.[3][4]

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 San Vicente was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to the heirs of Esteban Munras in 1865.[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 San Vicente
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9.
  4. ^ Luther A. Ingersoll, 1893,Memorial and Biographical History of the Coast Counties of Central California, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago.
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 5 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 36°28′48″N 121°21′00″W / 36.480°N 121.350°W / 36.480; -121.350