As I was taking the time to reflect upon the early writers as mentioned in the book by Carrie Gibson (2019), as previously expressed the was probably what excited me the most about Chapter 10. Where the writers, artists, and publishers of the time sought to preserve a past that was associated with the Spanish missions, Empire and rule. This finding was significantly important, especially as books or writers as such are not included within the traditional English literary canon., or even included as an era associated with historical development; again, to learn precious histories that are purposely being wiped out.

Whilst the happiness of discovery was gained with these arrived elements of sadness. I am still hopeful that just as there were select individuals in the past, who sought to preserve and conserve, these too will keep arising within our present and future. It is only necessary and natural, simply because population segments will grow, and of course it is always in the best macro-interest to take of ones populations.

Below are the names and publications of authors who sought to preserve and were deeply passionate to write about the Californio, the families and stories during the Spanish and Mexican rule.

  1. Publications / Magazine entitled: The Land of Sunshine – Charles Lummis
  2. A Tramp Across the Continent – Charles Lummis
  3. The Spanish Pioneers and the California Missions – Charles Lummis
  4. Bancroft Collections – Hubert Howe Bancroft
  5. California Pastoral – Hubert Howe Bancroft
  6. University of California Library – UC Berkeley Latin Americana Collections
  7. Who Would Have Thought Of It? – Maria Amparo Ruiz
  8. The Squatter and the Don – Maria Amparo Ruiz
  9. Ramona – Helen Hunt Jackson
  10. Frieze of American history – Constantino Brumidi

“for the Spanish Pastoral Era in California was notably the happiest and most charming life ever lived in this country.”

—Charles Lummis, The Spanish Pioneers and the California Missions, 1929.

Video recorded on May 9th 2021 with my Bougainvillea Flowers!


Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

Lummis, C. (1929). The Spanish Pioneers and the California Missions. Chicago: A.C. McClurg.

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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand written on July 21st 2021

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With Love & Kindness! 🙂


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