Ranchos of San Diego County

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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The Mexican ranchos of San Diego County were a colorful and vital part of early California history. Ranchos covered the most fertile lands in San Diego and produced grain, vegetables, and fruits and grazed thousands of head of cattle, sheep, and horses. The dons and doAas who owned the ranchos were wealthy in land and cattle and built large adobe ranch-house complexes. The Kumeyaay, LuiseAo, and CupeAo were the backbone of the ranchos, providing the labor needed to run a successful ranch. Daily life of the dons, doAas, and their families included the Californio traditions of family and religion, dancing and fiestas, roundups and rodeos, and generous hospitality. Many of the ranchos no longer exist. Those that are preserved provide a window into Californiaas past.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Rancho Santa Maria de los Penasquitos
9
Rancho Guajome
23
Rancho Buena Vista
47
Rancho Agua Hedionda
53
Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores
69
Rancho San Dieguito
85
Ranchos Santa Maria and Santa Ysabel
91
Ranchos Valle de San Jose and San Jose del Valle
103
Ranchos La Punta and Tijuan
115
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Ranchos of San Diego County is a product of the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and many very generous historical societies, historians, and rancho descendants. Lynne Newell Christenson, Ph.D., is the county historian. Ellen L. Sweet is a historian with extensive knowledge of the rancho period. Many of the images used in this volume have never been published before.

Historic Stage Routes of San Diego County is a product of the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and their Parks Society, many generous historical societies, historians, and people who love the stage routes. Ellen L. Sweet is a local researcher with extensive knowledge of San Diego history. Lynne Newell, PhD, is an archaeologist and the former county historian. They are also the authors of Ranchos of San Diego County.

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