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

Front Cover
Rose Marie Beebe, Robert M. Senkewicz
Heyday, 2001 - History - 506 pages
0 Reviews
Spanish and Mexican California is generally depicted through the journals of sea captains and other visitors. This ground-breaking collection offers another perspective: early California seen through the eyes of those who explored it, colonized it, and settled it in the age before the gold rush. Over sixty selections from letters, journals, official reports and proclamations, interrogations, and interviews -- many presented in English for the first time -- lay before us a surprisingly varied and dynamic portrait of an era generally dismissed as static, pastoral, or backward. Conflicts between missionaries and soldiers, Indians and non-Indians, Hispanic settlers and Anglo newcomers, friends and neighbors, spill out of the pages, bringing the ferment of daily life into sharp focus. Here we find not sleepy towns, quaint missions, or comic opera military outposts; rather an ever shifting world of struggle and opportunity, aspiration and tragedy, pride and loss.The first-person accounts are tied together with extensive introductions and commentaries by two well-known scholars, giving us an intimate portrait and placing the exploration and settlement of Alta California within the history of Baja California and the conquest of the New World.This ambitious and accessible book, with more than thirty illustrations, maps, and paintings, will influence greatly how we envision the history and legacy of Hispanic California and is sure to become the cornerstone for a new generation of early California studies.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The First Meeting Christopher Columbus
5
The Invention of California Garcy Rodriguez de Montalvo
9
Conflict in the Caribbean Bartolome de las Casas
12
The Task of Conversion The Requerimiento
16
The Market in Tenochtitlan Bernal Diaz del Castillo
19
The Conquest of Mexico Aztec Poems
23
Taking Possession of California Hernan Cortes
27
Ensenada and San Diego Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
30
Military interrogation of San Francisco Indians Jose Arguello
266
The Mission System Evaluated and Defended Antonio de la Concepcion Horra and Fermin Francisco de Lasuen
270
Life in the Pueblo of San Jose Jose Joaquin de Arrillaga and Jose Maria Estudillo
277
The Killing of Fr Andres Quintana at Mission Santa Cruz Lorenzo Asisara
284
Captivity at Mission San Fernando Vasilli Petrivitch Tarakanoff
293
The Attack on Monterey by Hipolito Bouchard Pabli Vicente de Sola
298
A Bear Hunt Juan Bautista Alvarado
305
Mexican California
311

Monterey Sebastian Vizcaino
38
First plan for Missions in California Antonio de Ascencion
46
California as an island
54
Colonization
65
A Permanent Spanish Presence in California Juan Maria de Salvatierra
73
A Foray into the Wilderness Francisco Maria Piccolo
80
Rebellion Sigismundo Taraval
85
Tensions between Missionaries and Soldiers Juan Antonio Balthasa
91
Life in the Missions Sebastian de Sistiaga
93
Natural and Social World of California Miguel del Barco
97
The Decision to Move Farther North Jose de Galvez
108
A Beachhead at San Diego Miguel Costanso
112
The Santa Barbara Channel Juan Crespi
118
Searching for Monterey Gaspar de Portola
128
A Beachhead at Monterey Junipero Serra
137
Encounter at San Gabriel Francisco Palou
142
Division between Alto and Vaja California Rafael Verger Juan Pedro de Iriarte and Francisco Palou
147
Settlements
151
Soldiers and Indians Luis Jayme
155
The Presidio at Monterey Pedro Fages
162
Trip to Mexico City Junipero Serra
169
Encounter in San Francisco Bay Vicente de Santa Maria
177
Rebellion at San Diego Vicente Fuster
186
The San Francisco Bay Region Pedro Font
193
The Beginnings of San Francisco Francisco Palou
205
Rides for Towns and Missions Felipe de Neve
209
Adapting to the Governors Regulations Junipero Serra
217
Neves instructions to His Successor Felipe de Neve
222
The Death of Junipero Serra Francisco Palou
226
The Trials of a Frontier Woman Eulalia Callis
235
Between Baja and Alta California Jose Velasquez
240
Rebellion at San Gabriel Toypurina
247
Judicial Proceedings against Silberio and Rosa at san Luis Obispo Felipe de Goycoechea
250
Treatment of the Indians at Mission San Francisco Jose Maria Fernandez
260
The Sea Otter Hunts Zakahar Tchitchinoff and Antonio Maria Osio
316
The Chumash Revolt Rafawl Gonzalez
323
Indian life at San Luis Rey Pablo Tac
329
The New Governor Brings Liberal Ideas Manuel Clemente Tojo and Angustias de la Guerra
341
A Young Californio Embraces the New Liberalism Pio Pico
345
A MissionOriented Proposal for Alta California Enrique Virmond
349
North American Trappers Intrude into Alta California Luis Antonio Arguello
355
The Missions in Their Last Years Alfred A Robinson
360
The Revolt of Estanisho Jose Sanchez and Joaquin Pina
366
A Secularization Oriented Proposal for Alta California Juan Bandini
375
The California Delegate Argues for Rule of Law Carlos Carrillo
386
The Citizens of San Diego Petition for Local Government Jose Antonio Estudillo et al
390
Life at a Secularized Mission Jose Antonio Anzar and Jose Tiburcio Castro
395
Life in Northern Californin Agustin Janssens
401
A Mexican Officer Urges Defense of Both Californias Andres Castillero
406
Indian Attacks near San Diego Juana Machado
413
Secularization in Baja California Julian Perez
417
Indian Attacks near Guadalupe Jose Luciano Espinosa and Maria Gracia
420
The Arrival of a North American Train Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
423
Typical land Grants Juan Bautista Alvarado
428
Life on a California Rancho Jose del Carmen Lugo
434
Andrew Garriga
443
Life and Custom in Mexican California Antonio Coronel
446
Rehearsal for Invasion Thomas ap Catesby Jones and Antonio Maria Osio
453
An Indian in California Julio Cesar
464
Chronology
477
Governors of the Californias
483
Glossary
485
Suggestions for Further Reading
488
Permissions
491
Index
497
About the Editors
506
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Bibliographic information