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Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846

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Western History. While the last 150 of California History, from the gold rush to the present, have been well researched and described in hundreds of books, the previous three centuries--from the first explorations of Baja California in 1533 to the Mexican-American War of 1846--are either ignored entirely or distorted by myth. LANDS OF PROMISE AND DESPAIR is a copious colle ...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published January 14th 2002 by Heyday Books (first published November 2001)
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A great collection of primary sources from the pre-American period. Includes some of the only surviving Indian voices from the Mexican era, like that of Pablo Tac, the Luiseno who went to Rome to study for the priesthood. Though he didn't live past his 20th birthday he learned to read and write, and wrote down his detailed recollections of mission life. Also includes some harrowing stuff, like the Indians at Mission Santa Cruz who murdered a sadistic padre who was overly fond of the iron-tipped ...more
this is a textbook for my CCSF archeology course:
ANTH 22 Bay Area Archaeology
lec & field trips
Examination of the archaeological record left behind by the early Spanish, Russian and Mexican explorers and settlers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Emphasis is placed on artifacts, sites, and material culture to understand sociocultural organization and acculturation
A moving account of the way California was when Spanish missionaries first arrived. Especially interesting for details about Santa Barbara, Ventura etc and the native populations way of life. Excerpts from Spanish letters, eye witness accounts etc
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