California by Kevin Starr: A Troubled Territory – Mexican California

In November of 1836, Juan Bautista Alvarado and a group of both Mexican and American nationals along with many native born Californios rebelled against the Mexican government and declared California an independent nation.  So why didn’t California end up a second Texas? In the period between the first mission settlements and the Bear Flag Revolt which made California an American territory, Mexican California was a … Continue reading California by Kevin Starr: A Troubled Territory – Mexican California

Sunday Salon: California – Laws of the Indies

I’m probably going to spend much of today finishing up a stack of history tests that need grading, but I hope to find some time for reading as well. I’m enjoying the first round of my pre-retirement education in local history, Kevin Starr’s book California.  Chapter two, Laws of the Indies, is about the early days of Spanish colonization, particularly the 160 plus years that … Continue reading Sunday Salon: California – Laws of the Indies

California by Kevin Star: Chapter 1, Queen Califia’s Island

C.J. and I have set a few retirement goals.  We’re hoping to sell our current property and move to the Gold Country in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in five to ten years time.   Once there, it looks like we’ll be able to live modestly, but there probably won’t be lots of travel in our old age.  This is fine with us. Years ago I … Continue reading California by Kevin Star: Chapter 1, Queen Califia’s Island