Reading Reflection of Southern California

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Reading Reflection of Southern California: an Island on the Land The land that we call Southern California is an island, because it is ecologically isolated from the rest of the continent by a combination of geographic and climatic factors. Carey McWilliams popularized the phrase in his definitive history of the region, Southern California: an Island on the Land. He suggested that “The analyst of California is like a navigator who is trying to chart a course in a storm: the instruments will not work; the landmarks are lost; and the maps make little sense.” He describe the southern California and compare between the main city of northern California—San Francisco and the main city of southern California—Los Angeles in the aspect of the region, the seasons, city-state, and irredentism in California. Through these discussions he clarifies his points that Southern California is a distinct regional entity, and its boundaries have occasionally been misplaced.
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Unformatted text preview: Southern California is also one of the areas of Indian influence in the United States, and it so thoroughly has the region buried its Indian dead. However, no one can deny that Indians have exerted a profound influence on the development of Southern California. The History has almost never had a good word said for the poor California Indian. The Indian background has influenced the social structure of Southern California in a number of respects, no matter during the pre-columbian times, missionization, secularization of the missions, or after the conquest. After the long dark record of Indian mistreatment in Southern California, McWilliams account for the curious legend—Californios and Mexicanos that has developed in the region about the well-being of the natives under Mission rule. He brings me many metal images of Southern California in different period related to the race, geography, religion and economics....
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2011 for the course GEOG 70AC taught by Professor Rachel during the Spring '11 term at Berkeley.

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