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Californio Voices

The Oral Memoirs of Jose Maria Amador and Lorenzo Asisara

Translated and edited by Gregorio Mora-Torres

Publication Year: 2005

In the early 1870s, Hubert H. Bancroft and his assistants set out to record the memoirs of early Californios, one of them being eighty-three-year-old Don José María Amador, a former “Forty-Niner” during the California Gold Rush and soldado de cuera at the Presidio of San Francisco. Amador tells of reconnoitering expeditions into the interior of California, where he encountered local indigenous populations. He speaks of political events of Mexican California and the widespread confiscation of the Californios’ goods, livestock, and properties when the United States took control. A friend from Mission Santa Cruz, Lorenzo Asisara, also describes the harsh life and mistreatment the Indians faced from the priests. Both the Amador and Asisara narratives were used as sources in Bancroft’s writing but never published themselves. Gregorio Mora-Torres has now rescued them from obscurity and presents their voices in English translation (with annotations) and in the original Spanish on facing pages. This bilingual edition will be of great interest to historians of the West, California, and Mexican American studies. “This book presents a very convincing and interesting narrative about Mexican California. Its frankness and honesty are refreshing.”–Richard Griswold del Castillo, San Diego State University

Published by: University of North Texas Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-

Illustrations, pp. 98–109

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This work is the product of collaboration by numerous people and institutions. I would like to thank The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley for giving me permission to publish José María Amador’s Memorias sobre la Historia de California. I would like to express my appreciation

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Editor’s Introduction

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pp. 1-29

My connection with the memoirs of Don Jos

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pp. 30-77

Yo, Jos

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pp. 78-109

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CAPÍTULO 3. LOS RECUERDOS DE LORENZO ASISARA Y JOSÉMARÍA AMADOR SOBRE LA VIDA EN CALIFORNIADURANTE El RÉGIMEN MEXICANO, 1822–1846

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pp. 110-199

Me acuerdo de cuando en el a

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pp. 200-237

Anoche se me vino a la memoria una ocurrencia que sucedi

GLOSSARY

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pp. 238-244

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 245-253

INDEX

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pp. 254-262


E-ISBN-13: 9781574414073
Print-ISBN-13: 9781574411911

Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 11 b&w illus., 1 map
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series

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Subject Headings

  • Indians, Treatment of -- California -- History -- 19th century.
  • Indians of North America -- Missions -- California -- History -- 19th century.
  • California -- History -- To 1846 -- Biography.
  • Mexicans -- California -- Interviews.
  • California -- Ethnic relations.
  • California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Biography.
  • Amador, José Mariá, 1794-1883 -- Interviews.
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- California.
  • Asisara, Lorenzo, b. 1819 -- Interviews.
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