- from Mexican Settlement and Rule
750L - 890L
Imagine you lived in a community where you were forced to work. Your leader would not let you leave.
People you knew grew sick and died. You were given food and shelter, but you never earned a penny. Your grandparents talked about places you might never visit. How long would it take before you wanted to escape?
If you succeeded in leaving, would you try to become like the wealthy traders and Californios (Spanish-speaking people of Alta California) who had visited your mission home? Would you search for your grandparents’ tribes, and try to live off the land as they had?