Governor of Alta California (1801-1894)
During the Mexican–American War, arguing for Mexican troops to defend California:
- What are we to do then? Shall we remain supine, while these daring strangers are overrunning our fertile plains, and gradually outnumbering and displacing us? Shall these incursions go on unchecked, until we shall become strangers in our own land?
On being invited to appear at the Columbian Exposition:
- If those gringos imagine for a moment they can take me back there and show me in a side tent at two bits a head they are very mistaken.<
- William David Estrada, Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and contested space (2008)