By James R. Gibson
Well expert and curious, the traveling Russians have been acute observers, beneficiant of their appreciation of Hispanic hospitality yet outspoken of their criticisms of all they discovered backward or abhorrent. within the a variety of studies and memories contained inside this quantity, they make astute observations of either Hispanic and local population, describing the Catholic missions with their religious friars and neophyte staff; the corruptible Franciscan missionaries; the sorry plight of challenge Indians; the Californios themselves, whose faith, language, dwellings, food, gown, and pursuits have been novel to the Russians; the industrial and social adjustments in Alta California following Mexican independence; and the schemes of yankee investors and settlers to attract the province into the United States.
Amplified by means of James R. Gibson’s informative annotations, and that includes a gallery of stylish colour illustrations, this precise quantity casts new gentle at the historical past of Spanish and Mexican California.
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California Through Russian Eyes, 1806–1848 (Early California Commentaries Series) by James R. Gibson