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Population Increases in Alta, California in the Spanish Period 1767-1821


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The History of Alta California: A Memoir of Mexican California

by: Antonio Maria Osio
Antonio María Osio’s La Historia de Alta California was the first written history of upper California during the era of Mexican rule, and this is its first complete English translation. A Mexican-Californian, government official, and the landowner of Angel Island and Point Reyes, Osio writes colorfully of life in old Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and gives a first-hand account of the political intrigues of the 1830s that led to the appointment of Juan Bautista Alvarado as governor.
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Missions of San Diego

by: Robert A. Bellezza
California’s first settlement began on a trail called El Camino Real, or “The Royal Road,” that was traveled by missionary pathfinders, soldiers, and conquistadors on a dramatic journey into a mysterious land. Monterey was discovered in 1603, leading to the quest. Explorers Don Gaspar de Portolá and Juan Bautista de Anza, along with ambitious Franciscan missionaries, founded 21 monumental Spanish missions and several asistencias and chapels for native neophytes, travelers, and visitors to Alta California.
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Missions of Central California

by: Robert A. Bellezza
After the discovery of Alta California, the Spanish Crown charged the first Franciscan friars to enter into the New World through Lower Baja, with a succession of conquistadors, explorers, and soldiers, on a trail called El Camino Real or “The Royal Road.” The settlement began in 1769 at Mission San Diego de Alcalá, a new port and military presidio with buildings of mud, brushwood, and tule grass. Fr. Junípero Serra, the legendary mission presidente and founding father of nine missions, traveled along a worn path lined today by symbolic bell markers leading to many remarkable, modern cities.
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Missions of Los Angeles

by: Robert A. Bellezza
After establishing the settlement of San Francisco, visionary mission president Fr. Junipero Serra journeyed south to found Mission San Juan Capistrano, Alta California’s seventh, on November 1, 1776. By order of King Carlos III of Spain, El Pueblo de la Reina de los Ángeles (the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels) was founded on September 4, 1781, following the recommendation of the first California governor, Felipe de Neve. At nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, de Neve gathered a group of 11 men, 11 women, and 22 children, soldiers, mission priests, and a few Indians and traveled nine miles to the banks of the Los Angeles River, blessing the new site.
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The Missions of Alta California

NBC recently filmed a documentary about the Hispanic heritage of California, the California Missions and the Mission Archives at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Los Californios de Alta California, Península de Monte Rey

Los Californios: Alta California 1770-1850,was a Spanish & Mexican colonial province and Monterey was its capital. Los Californios were Spanish-speaking ...

From Alta California to California, the Golden State: An International Perspective

Part of the 2014 Center for Latin American Studies Summer Institute for Teachers. Events in Europe and Asia impacted developments in Spain, Mexico, and the ...

La Raspa Dance Alta California E.S

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