A Youth's History of California; From the Earliest Period of Its Discovery to the Present Time

A Youth's History of California; From the Earliest Period of Its Discovery to the Present Time

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... ripened fruits for their winter store; and then, again, to stand by the rapids of a mountain stream and spear the fish that came leaping down, or to sit idly by the seashore and draw in their rude 'nets laden with finny treasures. This excess of freedom must often have been remembered with a sigh by these apparently thoughtless creatures, as they filed into the church at dawn, and listened, without understanding a word, to the monotonous tone of the priest as he said mass, or catechised them like so many children, and then dismissed them to their breakfast of atole (a sort of gruel made of corn). After which they toiled in the fields until dinner, at which they were supplied with pozoli. After partaking of this meal they attended mass, and then returned to the gardens or fields until vespers, when they were again served with atole, and dismissed early to their little adobe huts, of each one of which the Fathers kept the key. So the missions were conducted for a long series of years--the Fathers gradually becoming more and more selfish, and the Indians slowly decreasing in numbers under this foreign rule. In process of time the missions became wealthy; each boasted a church gaily decorated, several adobe dwellings, all the rich lands in the vicinity, and thousands of cattle that roamed in security over the plains. The hides and tallow of these, and some wine, formed the chief exports. Some idea of the wealth of these missions may be gained from the fact that at one time San Luis Obispo owned eighty-seven thousand head of grown cattle, two thousand tame horses, three thousand five hundred mares, three thousand seven hundred mules, and eight sheep farms averaging nine thousand sheep on each farm. This was one of the richest missions;...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236943376
  • 9781236943378