California: Origins before 1850
(see also San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco)
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Campbell, Leon. "The first Californios: presidial society in Spanish California, 1769-1822," Journal of the West 11,4 (1972):582-95.
__________. "The Spanish presidio in Alta California during the mission period, 1769-1848," Journal of the West 16,4 (10/77):63-77.
Castillo, Edward D. "An Indian account of the decline & collapse of Mexico's hegemony over the missionized Indians of California," American Indian Quarterly 13 (1989):391-408.
Clay, Karen. "Trade, institutions & law: the experience of Mexican California," in S.M. Miller, A.J.H. Latham & D.O. Flynn (eds.) Studies in the Economic History of the Pacific Rim (London, 1998), pp. 197-209.
Conley, Frances R. "Martina didn't have a covered wagon: a speculative reconstruction," The Californians (3-4/89(:48-54. Woman who travelled overland from Sinaloa to San Francisco, pregnant & with several children, in 1770s.
Cook, Sherburne F. "The Monterey surgeons during the Spanish period in California," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 5 (1937):43-72.
Coughlin, Magdalen. "Boston smugglers on the coast (1797-1821): an insight into the American acquisitionm of California," California Historical Society Quarterly 46,2 (1967):99-120.
Scott, Paul T. "Why Joseph Chapman adopted California, & why California adopted him," Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly 38,3 (9/56):239-46. Yankee in Monterey, 1818-49.
Street, Richard S. "First farmworkers, first braceros: Baja California field hands & the origins of farm labor importation in California agriculture," California History (win 96/97):307-21.
Weber, David J. "Here rests Juan Espinosa: toward a clearer look at the image of the 'indolent' Californios," Western Historical Quarterly 10,1 (1/79):61-69.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Alvarez, Robert R. Jr. Familia: Migration & Adaptation in Baja & Alta California, 1800-1975 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1987).
Bandini, José. A Description of California in 1828 (Berkeley, 1951).
Bean, Lowell John (ed.) The Ohlone, Past & Present: Native Americans of the San Francisco Bay Region (Menlo Park CA, 1994).
Bean, Walton H. California: An Interpretive History (NY, 1972).
Bouvier, Virginia M. Women & the Conquest of California, 1542-1840 (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 200?).
Chávez-García, Miroslava. Negotiating Conquest: Gender & Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 200?).
Craig, Donald M. (ed.) William Robert Garner, 1803-1849: Letters from California (Berkeley: U. of California, 1970.
Duhuat-Cilly, Auguste. A Voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands & Around the World in the Years 1826-1829 (Berkeley, 1999). Detailed account of two years in Mexican missions on California coast.
Gutiérrez, Ramón A. & Richard J. Orsi (eds.) Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush (Berkeley: U. of California, 1998).
Haas, Lisbeth. Conquests & Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).
Harlow, Neal. California Conquered: The Annexation of a Mexican Province, 1846-1850 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1982).
Hurtado, Albert L. Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, & Culture in Old California (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1999).
Hutchinson, C. Alan. Frontier Settlement in Mexican Caifornia: The Hijar Padres Colony & its Origins, 1769-1835 (New Haven: Yale, 1969).
Langum, David J. Law & Community on the Mexican California Frontier: Anglo-American Expatriates & the Clash of Legal Traditions, 1821-1846 (Norman: U. of Oklahoma, 1987).
Maffly-Kipp, Laurie F. Religion & Society in Frontier California (New Haven: Yale, 1994).
Monroy, Douglas. Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California (Berkeley: U. of California, 1990).
Moyano Pahissa, Angela. La resistencia de las Californias a la invasión norteamericana (1846-1848) (México, D.F., 1992).
Osio, Antionio María. The History of Alta California: A Memoir of Mexican California (trans. Rose Marie Beebe & Robert M. Senkewicz; Madison: U. of Wisconsin, 1996).
Paddison, Joshua (ed.) A World Transformed: Firsthand Accounts of California before the Gold Rush (Berkeley: Heyday, 1999).
Pitt, Leonard. The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1966).
Ríos Bustamante, Antonio. Los Angeles: pueblo y región, 1781-1850 (México, 1992).
Schuetz-Miller, Mardith K. Building & Builders in Hispanic California, 1769-1850 (Tucson: U. of California, 1994).
Simpson, John Warfield. Visions of Our Paradise: Glimpses of Our Landscape's Legacy (Berkeley: U. of California, 1999).
Wyatt, David. Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, & the Shaping of California (NY: Oxford, 1998).
In the Library: Fiction
Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo. The Squatter & the Don (Houston, 1992).