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In the 1700s, Spain was busily expanding its influence in the Americas by securing territories and establishing dominance. Spain was in a rush to cut off any other empires, such as the British, from reaching new lands before they did—and California was one of those lands. The British had already established colonies and control on the eastern coast of what would eventually become America, and Russian fur hunters were beginning to cross into the northern regions of the continent via the Bering Strait and Canada. Although Spain had control of Baja California, it wanted more. That’s where Don Gaspar, better known as Don Gaspar de Portola, entered international history.
A Spanish soldier and politician in New Spain (what is now Mexico), Don Gaspar de Portola was tasked with carrying out Spain’s campaign to expand its territory north. Don Gaspar was to establish missions and outposts along the Pacific Coast, traveling north of the Baja California Peninsula and preventing foreign territories from establishing their very own outposts. Already a highly prized soldier, Don Gaspar was an experienced explorer. He spent two expeditions traveling up and down the Pacific Coast, colonizing cities for Spain along the way. Don Gaspar was the first to establish the colonies that would become San Diego and Monterey, and he led the very first land expedition that traveled all the way from San Diego to San Francisco. His impact on California still exists today, thanks to those first cities Don Gaspar claimed. Today, the names of many different geographical features that lay between San Diego and San Francisco still carry the names Don Gaspar gave them in his expedition accounts.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Don Gaspar de Portola costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the Spanish explorer himself. You’ll look just like the founder of Alta California when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Don Gaspar’s attire accurately, this costume includes a military frock coat (a colonial military jacket) with contrasting yellow trim, a military vest with an attached dickey, a lace jabot, a pair of colonial military breeches, and lace cuffs. You’ll look the part of an explorer sailing to the shores of America with this costume set straight out of the 18th century.
This high-quality Don Gaspar de Portola costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be an explorer traveling to new lands during the 18th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Don Gaspar de Portola famous explorer uniform costume is built to last.
The bravest of the brave are the men who sailed the uncharted waters of the open seas, traveled across unmapped lands. These are the explorers who expanded the world.
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