Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) presents “Jose de la Guerra’s Commerce with Asia and Liverpool at Mexican Independence” on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00-7:00 pm. via Zoom. Marie Christine Duggan, Ph.D of Keene State College, will discuss José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega, who was the nephew of a powerful merchant in Mexico City. In 1798, his uncle put him in to California’s supply line, probably to obtain otter hides for export to Asia. When Spain ceased to finance the colony in 1810, Guerra guided California’s economy into trade with Manila, San Blas, Lima, Manila, Canton and Liverpool. For more information or to register visit or call (805) 965-0093.