Mexican California: Cattle Empire (1)
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About The Event
Join us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm for Mark Davidson's entertaining and fascinating presentation, Mexican California: Cattle Empire!
Davidson's presentation begins with the Spanish Mission Era in the late 1700s when California's lush, open country and mild Mediterranean climate was a perfect location for a financially successful cattle ranching program to help offset the tremendous expense involved with Spanish colonization expansion plans for Alta California. Learn about the famous Ranchero Cowboys (Vaqueros) who developed an amazing system to make this dynamic enterprise flourish. They were the "Super Star Celebrity Athletes" of that time and place and hugely influenced later Western cattle ranching practices.
Davidson will also share information regarding the many related activities associated with the historic missions and Ranchos of early California and later the huge and dramatic changes brought by the Mexican War and the Gold Rush. As Davidson brings his discussion into the mid-twentieth century, find out how the American "Cowboy" legend descended and evolved directly from the Hispanic era of Western America and particularly first in Alta California.
Don't miss the "Mobile Mini Museum" of related exhibits and real artifacts that will also be on display!
Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee