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morgan hill historically speaking Blazing El Camino Real Southern Santa Clara County … has enjoyed many place names over the years including Chitactac, Pleasant Valley, Val Celico, Old Gilroy, Rancho Las Animas, and Burnett Township just to mention a few of the designations. We certainly live in an especially beautiful area with a vibrant community surrounding us. Our diverse heritage and natural landscapes are certainly worth getting to know, and I am sure that we all consider ourselves fortunate to call the Valley of Heart’s Delight our home. In 1770, the first Spanish explorers entered into our valley traveling from Monterey with the goal of understanding what San Francisco Bay was all about. Captain Pedro Fages, the acting lieutenant governor of Alta California, put together a small exploratory party bound for the Bay Area and set out in November. The Fages expedition continued 78 northward to the Bay and decided upon a heading that led them up the eastshore arriving near Berkeley to see the opening of San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The party returned to Monterey following the same general corridor always on the watch for water availability and passageways that avoided difficul