California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, US
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Mexicans of African descent were some of the first non-Indian settlers in California. Many came from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico as settlers on the Anza Expedition, 1775, and helped to shape the character of California. They helped to build and established pueblos and ranches that grew into towns like Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey, and San Jose. Several became wealthy land-owners and politicians such as Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California.
Carlos Manuel Salomon will speak on the impact of early Afro-Mexican settlers in California. Dr. Salomon is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay, and is the author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, University of Oklahoma Press (2010).