A Bibliography of Early California
and Neighboring Territory Through 1846:
An Era of Exploration, Missions, Presidios, Ranchos, and Indians
Robert LeRoy Santos
California State University, Stanislaus
SPANISH AND MEXICAN PUEBLOS, ADOBES AND SETTLEMENTS
This chapter contains works about adobes (houses), pueblos (villages) and other settlements in California, Baja
California, Mexico, and the Southwest through 1846.
Antunez, Ellis Lewis. "The Acculturation of Water and Its Influence on the Urbanization of Monterey, California:
1769-1848." M.S. thesis, University of Nevada, Reno, 1997. 83 pp. Notes: Explores the idea that Spanish land
settlement brought irrigation tradition which gave permanency to Spanish landownership and broke the Indians' seasonal
methods of survival giving rise to their acculturation in the Monterey-Carmel area.
Baur, John E. "Sporting Life in Early Los Angeles." Californians 6:4(1988): 25-37. Notes: Presents recreational
activity in southern California beginning with the Spanish period.
Beard, Vicki R. "Let the World Draw Closer Together: Sociocultural Aspects of the Carrillo Adobe Site."
M.A. thesis, Sonoma State University, 1993. 90 pp. Notes: Has material on the Indians of Sonoma County.
Birchfield, D.L. Acoma: La Ciudad del Cielo. New York: McGraw-Hill School Division, 1999. 16 pp. Notes: Written
for the juvenile reading level, a short booklet on the history and customs of Acoma pueblo. In Spanish.
Bonifaz de Hernandez, Roselia. Ensenada: Nuevas Aportaciones para su Historia. Mexicali, Baja California: Universidad
Autonoma de Baja California, 1999. 704 pp. Notes: A history of Ensenada in Baja California. In Spanish.
C. de Baca, George. The Eden of La Cienega. Kearney, NE: Morris Pub., 1998. 117 pp. Notes: A history of life in
early La Cienega, a New Mexico village.
Centro Historico de Saltillo. San Esteban de la Nueva Tlaxcala: "400 Anos": Arquitectura, Personajes
y Costumbres. Saltillo, Mexico: The Author, 1991. 36 pp. Notes: A history and description of a New Spain village.
Chavez, Miroslava. "Mexican Women and the American Conquest in Lost Angeles: From the Mexican Era to American
Ascendancy (California)." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998. 178 pp. Notes: A study
of the change in status of indigenous women to the better from Mexican tradition to American tradition of land,
law and gender.
Crown, Patricia L. "Evaluating the Construction Sequence and Population of Pot Creek Pueblo, Northern New
Mexico." American Antiquity 56(April 1991): 291-314. Notes: Examines the archaeological evidence in regard
to the building of adobes room-by-room and the surrounding population that lived in the facilities.
Cuello, Jose. El Norte, el Noreste y Saltillo en la Historia Colonial de Mexico. Saltillo, Mexico: Archivo Muncipal
de Saltillo, R. Ayuntamiento de Saltillo, 1990. 190 pp. Notes: A history of the Spanish colony of Saltillo, 1540-1810.
Driapsa, David Joseph. "The Conservation and Development of a Historic Vernacular Spanish-American Cultural
Landscape the Village of Chimayo, New Mexico." M.S. thesis, University of Arizona, 1993. 106 pp.
Eddy, Frank W., Dale R. Lightfoot, and Eden A. Welker. "Air Photographic Mapping of San Marcos Pueblo."
Journal of Field Archaeology 23(Spring 1996): 1-13. Notes: Assesses archaeological surveying of the Pueblo Indians'
habitat of San Marco and its history based on the findings.
Friedly, Michael. "This Brief Eden: A History of Landscape Change in California's Santa Clara Valley."
Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 2000. 436 pp.
Gonzalez, Michael J. "Searching for the Feathered Serpent: Exploring the Origins of Mexican Culture in Los
Angeles, 1830-1850." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1993. 262 pp. Notes: Argues that those
Mexicans and Californios who were educated and achievers really controlled the economics, politics, and societal
culture of Los Angeles rather than the cattlemen.
Granitto, James V. Mary Ruth Erickson, and Shakunthala S. Rajan. The Yorba Legacy: A Short History of Yorba Linda.
2d ed. Yorba Linda, CA: Yorba Linda Public Library, 2000. 48 pp. Notes: Includes information about the Spanish
and Mexican periods with biographical information about Jose Antonio Yorba.
Hall, G. Emlen. "Land Litigation and the Idea of New Mexico Progress." Journal of the West 27:3(1988):
48-58. Notes: Addresses the problem of New Mexico lands being under three different legal systems in its history
beginning in 1744 with the Spanish.
Harley, Robert Bruce. From New Mexico to California: San Bernardino Valley's First Settlers at Agua Mansa. Redlands,
CA: San Bernardino County Museum Association, 2000. 76 pp. Notes: Also published in the Quarterly of the San Bernardino
County Museum Association, 47: 3-4.
Hart, Paul B. "Peasants into Workers: The Social Transformation of Morelos, Mexico, 1840-1910." Ph.D.
diss., University of California, San Diego, 1997. 369 pp.
Heffington, Jimmy Douglas. "El Cerrito: An Archeo-Geographic Biography of a New Mexican Village." Ph.D.
diss., University of Oklahoma, 1992. 211 pp. Notes: An examination of the archaeological finds of El Cerrito, a
village that is sixty miles southeast of Santa Fe, providing information on trade and changing settlement patterns.
Jackson, Robert H. "Comments on 'Examining the Complexity of Historic Population Decline: A Case Study of
Pecos.'" Ethnohistory 45(Winter 1998): 129-133. Notes: A discussion on the epidemics the decimated the Pueblo
Indians and the church records used in the research.
Kealhofer, Lisa. "Cultural Interaction During the Spanish Colonial Period: The Plaza Church Site, Los Angeles."
Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1991. 851 pp. Notes: With the use of archaeological data, the author contends
that there was major cultural interaction at the plaza between settlers and Gabrielino Indians.
Lambert, Diane. A Year in the Life of a Spanish Colonial Pueblo, San Jose de Guadalupe in 1809: Official Correspondence.
Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, 1998. 31 pp. Notes: Translations
of papers deposited at the San Jose Historical Museum.
Lazcano Sahagun, Carlos. Apuntes Historicos de la Frontera de la Baja California. Ensenada, Mexico: Museo de Historia
de Ensenada, 2000. 138 pp. Notes: History and geography of early Ensenada. In Spanish.
Levine, Frances and Anna LaBauve. "Examining the Complexity of Historic Population Decline: A Case Study of
Pecos Pueblo, New Mexico." Ethnohistory 44(1997): 75-112. Notes: Explores the settlement's fluctuations in
population caused by migration, disease, warfare and strained ecology, 1694-1840.
____________. Our Prayers Are in This place: Pecos Pueblo Identity Over the Centuries.Albuquerque: University of
New Mexico Press, 1999. 212 pp.
Magnaghi, Russell M. "San Blas: Spanish Gateway to the North Pacific." Terrae Incognitae 31(1999): 42-48.
Notes: Considers the importance of the port of San Blas to Spanish exploration and settlement of California, 1760-1810.
Martinez, Juan Carlos. "Urban Planning and the Creation of Memories in Los Angeles, 1780-1880." M.S.
thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 1998. 91 pp. Notes: Contends that "public memories" of
the past are many times used to skew history for sake of the investigator's purpose, such as, looking for traditions
that are American.
McCarty, Kieran. Selections from a Frontier Documentary: Mexican Tucson, 1821-1856. Tucson: Mexican American Studies
& Research Center, University of Arizona, 1994. 30 pp. Notes: The selection includes ten translated historical
documents concerning the history of Tucson.
Mora Torres, Gregorio. Los Mexicanos de San Jose, California: Life in a Mexican Pueblo, 1777-1846. Fullerton, CA:
The Author, 1994. 35 pp. Notes: A paper presented at the American Historical Society, Pacific Coast Branch annual
meeting, CSU Fullerton, August 11, 1994. In English.
Osterman, Joe. "Under Old Saddleback: A Vanishing Valley and Its People." Californians 11:2(1993): 8-17.
Notes: A short history of the Saddleback area (Orange County) from 1769 discussing settlement and inhabitants.
Poole, Jean Bruce and Tevvy Ball. El Pueblo: The Historic Heart of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation
Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002. Notes: A history of old town Los Angeles and its restoration.
Prieto Guzman, Joaquin. Nuestro Puerto. Mexico City: Caprisa, 1997. 180 pp. Notes: A history of the harbor of Ensenada,
Baja California. In Spanish.
Proffitt, T.D. Tijuana: The History of a Mexican Metropolis. San Diego: San Diego State University Press, 1994.
Rios-Bustamante, Antonio. "Los Angeles, Pueblo and Region, 1781-1850: Continuity and Adaptation on the North
Mexican Periphery." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985. 352 pp. Notes: Published in
Spanish in 1991.
____________. Mexican Los Angeles: A Narrative and Pictorial History. Encino, CA: Floricanto Press, 1992. 274 pp.
Notes: Presents a history of California in the Spanish and Mexican periods.
Romero, Brenda Mae. "The Matachines Music and Dance in San Juan Pueblo and Alcalde, New Mexico: Contexts and
Meanings." University of California, Los Angeles, 1993. 438 pp.
Saravia, Atanasio G. Las Haciendas de la Nueva Vizcaya. Durango, Mexico: Secretaria de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte,
1995. 64 pp. Notes: A history of the historic residences of New Spain. In Spanish.
Scharf, Thomas L. "San Diego's Backdoor Eden." Californians 7:3(1989): 40-43. Notes: Chronicles the history
of horticultural planting in the San Diego region beginning in 1769 with the mission.
Skowronek, Russell K. Identifying the First Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe: Some Archaeological, Historical, and
Geographical Considerations. Santa Barbara?: California Mission Studies Association, 1999. 17 pp. Notes: Contains
maps and plans.
Soto Fuentes, Jorge. Mision Tijuana: Higinio Torres. Tijuana: Universidad Libre del Pueblo, 1990. 543 pp. Notes:
Spears, Beverly. American Adobes: Rural Houses of Northern New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press,
1986. 194 pp. Notes: Begins in the eighteenth century.
Teja, Jesus F. de la. San Antonio de Bexar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier. Albuquerque: University
of New Mexico Press, 1995. 224 pp.
Thiel, J. Homer, Michael Kent Faught, and James Bayman. Beneath the Streets: Prehistoric, Spanish, and American
Period Archaeology in Downtown Tucson. Tucson: Center for Desert Archaeology, 1995. 309 pp. Notes: A study of the
excavations in Tucson for the State Historic Preservation Office.
Tienda de Cuervo, Jose. General State of the Settlements Made by D. Jose de Escandon [in the] Colony of Nuevo Santander,
Coast of Gulf of Mexico, Original Documents Which Contain the Inspection of the province Performed by Dragoon Captain
Jose Tienda de Cuervo, the Report of the Same to the Viceroy and an Appendix with the Historical Account of Nuevo
Santander. 2 vols. Edited by Vicente Santa Maria. Translated by Edna Brown. Corpus Christi, TX: Edna Brown, 1993.
Notes: Contains information on missions and Indians of Tamaulipas.
Timmons, W.H. El Paso: A Borderlands History. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1990. 387 pp.
Usner, Donald J. The Plaza del Cerro in Chimayo: Settlement and Function. Albuquerque: Southwest Hispanic Research
Institute, 1994. 174 pp. Notes: Chimayo is in New Mexico. Originally a M.A. thesis, University of New Mexico, 1991.
Wayte, Beverly. "Linda Vista Revisited: From Indians to Modern-Day Pasadenans, Part I." Southern California
Quarterly 73:2(1991): 125-156. Notes: Surveys the history of the Pasadena area of Linda Vista from when it was
the home of the Gabrielino Indians and then the Verdugo rancho.
Williams, Jack S. The Center for Spanish Colonial Archaeology Handbook. 4th ed. San Diego: The Center, 1997. 200
pp. Notes: Primarily about San Diego Presidio.
Wood, Andrew G. "Border Cities and Culture." Journal of the Southwest 43(2001): 461-767. Notes: A history
of Mexican-U.S. border cities and customs.