Local historian and author Dean McLeod will speak at the Bay Point Historical Society annual luncheon Saturday at noon. Contact the society at (415) 385-9220 if you are interested in attending.
What will you speak about at the luncheon? I’m going to talk about the Spanish expedition of Father Juan Crespi and Captain Pedro Fages of 1772, which is the earliest exploration of this part of the Bay Area. Crespi kept a daily diary, which he gave to Father Junipero Serra, who gave the information to the king of Spain, which in turn created the impetus that resulted in the settling of San Francisco via the de Anza exploration of 1776.
What is the significance of Bay Point in all of this? Crespi’s exploration reached Bay Point and saw this expanse of delta and the Sierras beyond, and his records transformed the king’s image of the area’s geography. For the first time, the king realized the vast importance of this point being held by Spain.
What do you like about being a local historian? I actually hated history in high school and college. But what I like about local history is that you get into the real documents, and real people.