Historical Research Workshop

TQR Statement

I am interested in land and land ownership in California, in conducting research on these topics I hope to get an insight into the Spanish conquest ideology, the reasons and justifications. In this process Friar Junipero Serra played a crucial role since he established the California missions which initiated settlement and were granted vast tracts of land. Some of the keywords I will use include Spanish California, California land grants, Junipero Serra, California missions, Catholic California, Franciscan order, coercion and oppression. I found a report/booklet titled Grants of Land in California Made by Spanish or Mexican Authorities, it provides convenient reference to patent data, background information for Mexican and Spanish land grants, information on the general circumstances surrounding the transfer of land from Mexican dominion, and sources for additional reading.

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