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The Battle of Monterey: Bouchard Raid Reenactment & Flag Raising

The Battle of Monterey: Bouchard Raid Reenactment & Flag Raising

Nov 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Custom House Plaza

Monterey, CA 93940

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Save the date for the Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony and Historic Re-enactment event on Saturday at 1pm at the Custom House Plaza.

Learn more about Argentine Hippolyte Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked the City of Monterey, the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States.

The Battle of Monterey of 1818, a living-history re-enactment, with costumed early Spanish soldiers defending the Custom House. The revolutionary Captain Bouchard will lead the charge as with cannons firing, his Tall Ship recreates the only land/sea battle on the West Coast, ever! The Argentinian privateer Bouchard’s attack is a revolutionary marker for the opening of California’s land and trade policies to the world with Mexico’s independence from the King of Spain.

Also featured in this year’s event will be the wise defense by Spanish Royal Governor Sola of his provincial capital of Alta California. Visitors will view the Spanish Empire’s flag taken down and the invaders hoisting the Argentine national flag. But Sola was able to return in a week and take back Monterey with no loss of local lives, The 1794 Royal Presidio Chapel, later to be known as San Carlos Cathedral, and its Heritage Center will both be open for visitors just one year short of the bicentennial of its survival of the burning of the Royal Presidio.


LEARN about the attack on Monterey

10 am -11:30 am at MIIS - Irvine Auditorium 499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Captain Bouchard and the Revolt Against Spain Michael Melzer, author of The Patriot Pirate “Captain Bouchard” – in person! Howard Burnham, actor/historian Shipping in Monterey in 1818 Alan Kemp, Independent historian

WATCH The Battle of Monterey!

1 pm - 2:30 pm Front of Custom House near Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

The Battle commemorated by the tall ship Lady Washington with Cannon fire! Argentinian privateers run ashore from long boats to seize Monterey!

HEAR about Life in 1818 Monterey

3 pm - 5 pm MIIS - Irvine Auditorium 499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Recollections of the Battle from the Vallejo diaries
Rose Marie Beebe, Ph.D. Santa Clara University Robert Senkewicz, Ph.D. Santa Clara University

Recollections of the Battle from Angustias De la Guerra Ord ‘s diaries
Christine Fernandez, Ph.D. Cal State Monterey Bay Bouchard’s Attack of 1818: A Template for further invasions? John Middleton, Naval Historian