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


Alta California: Peoples in Motion, Identities in Formation (Western Histories)


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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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Familia: Migration and Adaptation in Baja and Alta California, 1800-1975

by: Robert R. Alvarez
Anthropologists, historians, and sociologists will find here a striking challenge to accepted explanations of the northward movement of migrants from Mexico into the United States. Alvarez investigates the life histories of pioneer migrants and their offspring, finding a human dimension to migration which centers on the family. Spanish, American, and English exploits paved the way for exchange between Baja and Alta California. Alvarez shows how cultural stability actually increased as migrants settled in new locations, bringing their common values and memories with them.
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Gateway to Alta California: The Expedition to San Diego, 1769

by: Harry W. Crosby
The story of the Spanish expedition to help found San Diego is told through diary excerpts and the author's comments, taking the reader day-by-day on the journey through the unexplored, desolate wilderness of northern Baja California. Listed for the first time are the names of all Hispanic members of the expedition party. Full-color maps provide a graphic statement of the journey.
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Native Americans In Alta California


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 ...

Los Novo Hispano-Mexicanos somos nuevamente mayoría en Alta California.

Preparate para retomar el liderazgo de Alta California...

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 ...