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Californio Voices: The Oral Memoirs of Jos Mar a Amador and Lorenzo Asisaraby Gregorio Mora-torres
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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 Josand#233; Marand#237;a Amador, a former and#147;Forty-Ninerand#8221; 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 Californiosand#8217; 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 Bancroftand#8217;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.
About the Author
GREGORIO MORA-TORRES received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of California at Irvine and teaches in the Department of Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University.
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