Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula
From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and
the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission
cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of
Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a
fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena covers the period when Mexico was fragmenting and local Californios existed in a pastoral but brutal local world, depending on coerced Indian labor and a vast cattle plantation economy.