IDS 326 - Q1 California has a history as a myth because the...

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Q1 California has a “history as a myth” because the name California itself is believed to been thought of from a romance book was written by Garci Ordonez de Montalvo in 1510. The book told a story of California being a black Amazon and being ruled by a beautiful Queen (Starr, 5). The readers of Garci Ordonez de Montalvo book also expected California to be a place where gold, beautiful stones and riches would be easily found. In 1533 Spanish explores sailed across the sea to seek out the land that was described in the book, but they of course did not find it. California was described as an island and that was the geographical error that was not accurate in the book, the sailors discovered a peninsula (Starr 6). They were given the wrong impression from the book and because of their disappointment and maybe spreading the word to other Spaniards they didn’t return for another 230 years. The author states that even today that is a common complaint is that California is hyped beyond recognition (Starr, xii). Question: How would you characterize the transition from Spanish colonial rule to Mexican California? During the times of the Spanish colonial rule there was a more influence on religion, building up missions, and forcing the native born Indians to turn to their religion. In 1824 when Mexico became a federal republic and California Mexican became a territory (Starr, 46). The people in this state wanted to create more of a government type state instead of the religion based state it was at first becoming The fact that people that were from Mexican visited often and moved there made it hard for them to create the new society they wanted to have their say. The Franciscans that were already there did not happily agree or comply with the republic that Mexico California was becoming, because they believed the system they had before was fine (Starr, 46). Mexican California, Rancho Society was more of a family orientated and more urban. More of the families were considered families and spent a big amount of time together. The unfair treatment of the Indians was still unchanged. They were treated and used more like slaves because they cooked, and served families, they were less educated, and had less property and rights. In conclusion the transition from the Spanish Colonial period to the new Mexican California wasn’t that smooth because the Franciscans didn’t agree and the new settled and so many others wanted to have their say it was no longer a majority rule.
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Question 1 What was the impact of the gold rush on California? How did race and gender factor into this historical period? When James Marshall and his crew were working on the Mills, Marshall discovered gold. This impacted California from then on (Starr, 79). In 1849 when the news spread to other states,
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