Californio Voices Paperback

The Oral Memoirs of Jose Maria Amador and Lorenzo Asisara

by Gregorio Mora-Torres;

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Californio Voices

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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 Jose Maria 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.

Californio Voices by Gregorio Mora-Torres was published by University of North Texas Press,U.S. in May 2012. The ISBN for Californio Voices is 9781574414387.

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Details for Californio Voices

Page last updated 4th March 2012
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of North Texas Press,U.S. (May 2012)
Number of Pages272
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4030709
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