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  • 1. California: A History
  • 2. California originally entered history as a mythIn
    1510, the Spanish writer Garci Ordonez de Montalvowrote a sequel to his novel about the people known as the Californians who were black Amazons under the command of Queen Calafia who were at war with people from Constantinople
    They were described as having weapons that were even made out of gold
    Queen Calafia’s Island: Place and First People
  • 3. In the book Queen Calafia sets out to join other great captains in a siege against the Turks with her fleet of ships
    Also in the book it talks about her and the rest of the Californians becoming Christians after giving up their evil ways of feeding their male babies to their griffins
    Queen Calafia’s Island: Place and First People
  • 4. The Californians ruled by Queen Calafia was described as having a bountiful amount of gold and precious stones which incised all the readers of the popular book, a land made out of gold was almost everyone’s dream to find
    Queen Calafia’s Island: Place and First People
  • 5. Within the decade, the Spanish sailing expedition commanded by a Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan would create hope finding the wealth in the Indies
    With five vessels and 265 men he reached the shores of South Africa in January
    He also traveled to South America, the Marianas and the Philippines
    Even though he was killed attempting to solve a native dispute, one of his ships again reached Europe, being the first ever to travel the globe
    Laws of the Indies: Spanish Colonial Era
  • 6. Magellan’s expedition linked Spain, the Atlantic, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific and the Philippines that would hold its unity until its collapse in the Spanish empire in the early 1800’s
    Mexico would soon lead to the exploration of California as well as the settlement
    However, Mexico had to become Spanish first by being conquered
    Laws of the Indies: Spanish Colonial Era
  • 7. Hernan Cortes, who was another explorer who participated in the conquest of Cuba decided to do the same in Mexico
    He sailed to Mexico in February 1519
    By November he had reached the Aztec capital and had seized the Aztec emperor Montezuma which after he made deals with other local Indians in order to take over
    Laws of the Indies: Spanish Colonial Era
  • 8. James Marshall finds gold at Sutters mill on Jan 24 th 1848
    Dec 5 1848 President Polk made it official that GOLD had been found in California
    The “rush” a mass migration to California from all over the world
    Striking it Rich
  • 9. Mostly young men but some middle aged venture to California
    They would choose one of three routes Overland Ship via panama Ship around the horn
    Striking it Rich
  • 10. The “mother lode” 210 miles long in sierra Nevada foot hills
    The gold was not under private owenership
    It belonged to everyone provided they could find it
    Striking it Rich