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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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations, pp. 98–109
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. CAP
  2. pp. 30-77
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  1. CAP
  2. pp. 78-109
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  1. CAPÍTULO 3. LOS RECUERDOS DE LORENZO ASISARA Y JOSÉMARÍA AMADOR SOBRE LA VIDA EN CALIFORNIADURANTE El RÉGIMEN MEXICANO, 1822–1846
  2. pp. 110-199
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  1. CAP
  2. pp. 200-237
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  1. GLOSSARY
  2. pp. 238-244
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 245-253
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 254-262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414073
Related ISBN
9781574411911
MARC Record
OCLC
84683558
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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