Hilarious how the fat sergeant always wore a girdle, which would be exposed to much laughter.Zorro was written by an Irish writer long after the period and never set foot in California. As the Irish say pure "Blarney"
As a Kid I enjoyed the movie matine` Zorro stories just like Hawkye and many others. Mike Hammer anyone ?
Looks like somethings never change - TAXES!Yount , We still have a town called Yountville, northaest of San Francisco bay.
In the newer versions of history we are told that California was
stollen from Mexico but not from whom the spainairds and subsequently the Mexicans stole it from.
The Californios as the inhabitants called themselves were very unhappy with the Mexican governments indifference to their needs and desires plus that mot onerus of all governmental greed TAXES.
They subsequently joined with Fremont and many other Americans to creat the Republic of California , A short lived country like Texas.
Also check out French Camp near Stockton they had their own rendezvousI'm curious to learn what daily life was like in what's now the state of California during the Mexican period (ca. 1821-1848). I know there were some English-speaking settlers already coming to the region during the 1830s, as well as American and British ships visiting to engage in the California hide trade, so maybe that could provide us a window into California under Mexican rule for those of us who can't read Spanish. Although if there are any translations or works done in English on the lives of local "Californios", that would be equally interesting to me.
I'm also aware that the Russians had the Ross colony in California during this period, so there's a third angle that I'd love to read about when it comes to Californian life and society in this period.
Are you interested in the dress of the period or are you just looking for primary and secondary sources on life style?.I'm curious to learn what daily life was like in what's now the state of California during the Mexican period (ca. 1821-1848).
Uh, No! He was the first Non-Hispanic European descended person in the valley, as opposed to the Hispanic European descended and the indigenous Wappo. If memory serves it was Mariano Vallejo that encouraged him to move to the Napa Valley and helped him obtain a land grant from Gov. Nicholas Gutierrez for Rancho Caymus in '36 after he became a Catholic and a Mexican Citizen, and the Rancho La Jota grant from Alvarado in '43, which gave him control of over 16,000 acres of land. Grapes were planted on one of his properties but only because wine was made for personal use.Yount- I think he is the person who first found the Napa Valley and he must have known something about agriculture because he felt it would be ideal for growing grapes.
Bob, Thank You for the comment. I have found most of the copies are like that, at one point I owned three copies, donated one to a library, still have one, and loaned one to a friend who up and moved taking a couple(well, six but who counts) of my books with him. Yes, you had mentioned the book, I had wanted to reference it in my post but got distracted and then had to cut myself off. I can, and have, written several hundred pages on this particular time period and a fair bit of it was on Yount.I have the biography of George Yount. I found a good used copy (likely unread.... I had to slit some of the pages that were still joined together) and started reading but got sidetracked and didn't finish it yet. I think I mentioned the book in my earlier post on this thread