Alta California


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Alta California

(äl`tə kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), term used by the Spanish to refer to their possessions along the entire Pacific coast north of the Mexican state of Baja California. California was often represented on maps as an island some 3,000 mi (4,800 km) long until the 18th-century explorations of the Jesuit father Eusebio Kino proved conclusively that the southern part of the area was a peninsula and the rest of it mainland. Thereafter the peninsula came to be called Baja (Lower) and the mainland Alta (Upper) California.
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As Mexico's grip on Alta California slackened, Mariano Vallejo argued in favor of the Californios casting their lot with the upstart nation moving westward.
With colleagues from the Alta California Policy Research Center, Hayes-Bautista has produced data that radically contradict perceptions of what Latino immigrants are taking or giving to California.
Publishers Weekly, the book-industry trade paper, reports that the Alta California Alliance, a group with close ties to timber interests, is urging its members to visit their local library and check out a book called Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry.
5) In the twenty-five years since Mexican independence, there had been at least twelve internal revolts against the provincial government in Alta California.
East Bay) tells the story of Pio Pico, a prominent businessman of mestizo and black heritage, third generation Californian, and two-term governor of Alta California before and during the U.
more easily governable pieces bearing names such as Shasta, Columbia, El Dorado, and Alta California.
Histories of American musics tend to overlook the legacy of the California missions, a series of Franciscan establishments that introduced Roman, Spanish, and New Spanish (Mexican) musical practices to resettled Native Americans along the Alta California coast during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Two parts comprise this detailed history: a survey of the Column in wartime Arizona, and a gathering of letters originally published in the newspaper Alta California written by the volunteer soldiers themselves.
She keeps a long, busy story moving along briskly as it careens through Alta California, Spain, New Orleans, and the West Indies.
Ready continues to hawk the news for 'The Alta California,' before changing jobs and working for Pat Hull at 'The Whig.
In the late 1740s, the Jesuits surrendered a number of the older missions to the Bishop of Durango, in anticipation of expanding the mission frontier into Alta California.
In November 1818 the capital of Alta California fell into the hands of rebels from Buenos Aires, the principal city of the newly independent Provincias Unidas del Rio de la Plata, today's Argentina.