Lands of Promise and Despair by Rose Marie Beebe
Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846 (California Legacy Book)

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Spanish and Mexican California is generally depicted through the journals of sea captains and other visitors. This groundbreaking 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 newly translated and some 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.

The first-person accounts are tied together with extensive introductions and commentaries by two well-known scholars. Together the selections and commentaries give us an intimate portrait as well as a broad context, placing the exploration and settlement of Alta California within the history of Baja California and the conquest of the New World.


About Rose Marie Beebe

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Beebe teaches Spanish and history at Santa Clara University. She is the president of the California Mission Studies Association. Senkewicz teaches spanish and history at Santa Clara University.
Published November 1, 2001 by Heyday. 506 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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In Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846, the editors gather together an impressive collection of primary documents the writings of early California settlers, primarily, many of whom were Spanish or Mexican to provide a rich early history of the region and th...

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