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The Robin Hood of El Dorado by Walter Noble Burns
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Nov 26, 08

Recommended to LonewolfMX by: Discovered about it online
Recommended for: Mexican and Chicano Historians as well as Raza Study Majors
Read in October, 2008, read count: 1

Have just finished reading about the life of Joaquin Murrieta who was a miner who came from Trincheras, Sonora, Mexico. During the Gold Rush in 1850 when California became a state. He had come along with his wife Rosita Feliz to find fortune, but instead he would encounter racism and discrimination from the Anglo-American miners who had claimed California for themselves following the Mexican-American War of 1846-48

In which Mexico would surrender her Northern territories such as Nuevo Mexico (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, & Colorado) and Alta California (California & Nevada)with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo which surrendered these land to the U.S. and the people inhabiting these territories would become U.S. citizens and granted these rights, but it was not to be when the Gold Rush came with the discovery of Gold at Sutter's Mill many Easterners as well as other people from across the globe especially Mexico would flood to California in order to strike it rich. Murrieta would stake a claim for himself, but before he could mine for Gold his brother Jesus would be falsely accused of stealing a Burro from an Anglo-American miner in which Jesus would be lynched, Joaquin would be humiliated and whipped for being "an accomplice" to the crime and later Joaquin would come home and find out that some Anglo-American miners invaded his home & raped & killed his wife Rosita, as a result he would become a bandolero (outlaw) and take revenge on the Anglo miners becoming the terror of the Sierra Nevada, while in essence became a hero & inspiration for the Mexican-Californios to rise up against US occupation of California who were being forced off their land by the greedy anglo miners!
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