Monterey County Pioneers

Monterey County Historic Bad Guys

Hippolyte de Bouchard

On November 20, 1818 Hippolyte de Bouchard , a French revolutionary from Buenos Aires, Argentina sailed into Monterey bay with a forty-gun war ship. The governor Pablo Vincente de Sola sent the women, children and livestock into the protection of the missions San Antonio and Soledad. After winning a short artillery duel Bouchards forces landed on Point Pinos. Buchards men ransacked and burned the city of Monterey then the capital of California. Buchard left the ruins of Monterey only after filling his ship with booty.

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