Commentary - entire life It is amazing to me the history...

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Tae Min Pak AMST 301 Professor Gustafson 2/7/11 Monday 2/7 Commentary Through the passage First Glimpses of the Coast, by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, I was able to understand the beginnings of how Spaniards had come to America and stolen the land from the Native Americans that resided here. This passage particularly appealed to me because it showed the first few glimpses of America that Cabrillo had ever witnessed. It goes into depth on what he had named each valley or village as well as why he had chosen those names for them. I found this extremely interesting and insightful as it gave a bit of a clue as to how certain valleys were named in California today. This passage was also interesting because it explains that Cabrillo had landed on the coast of California or more specifically Catalina in Los Angeles County. This was extremely applicable to my life because I grew up in the Los Angeles County for just about my
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Unformatted text preview: entire life. It is amazing to me the history and culture these lands have witnessed and experienced before my time here. I guess if I was to put simply what I had learned through reading this passage, it would be that there was always someone here before. Therefore, the language of exploration and invasion had to be exercised for America to be the land that it is today. I found this sentence in the passage to be the most interesting: “The Spaniards afterwards went ashore and both the Indian men and women and everybody felt very secure.” I particularly liked this sentence because it showed that the Indian men and women were at peace upon first impressions, which I know is completely ironic of the events that will surely unfold before them. The ironic nature of this sentence made this sentence particularly interesting to me....
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