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  •  Spaniards or Californios? (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    The Californios were very polished horsemen who owned and ran most of the land grant ranchos before the Americans arrived.

    One fairly common book set in that time is Carlota by Scott O'Dell, which is based in part on a real person.

    Sixteen year old Carlota de Zubarán is the apple of her father's eye, growing up in southern California in the 1800s. Her Spanish father owns an enormous ranch, and so there is much to be done: gathering cattle, riding to town for supplies, defending against theft. Carlota, against the wishes of her grandmother, Doña Dolores, rides a black stallion, Tiburón, and astride at that. She loves her horses, and she loves riding.
    Of course, today, Alhambra is a suburb between Los Angeles and Pasadena. :-)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:15:59 PM PDT

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