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Educational resources about California's native, mission and rancho eras.

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Podcast Episode 002 — “You Have to Carry This On”: What it Means to Be a Californio

In this episode, I speak with Greg Bernal-Mendoza Smestad, a direct descendant of the families who settled Alta California over 200 years ago. Greg talks to us about theirjourney, the character of those people who risked their lives to come to come north, andthe legacythey passed on. When Spanish explorerscame to Alta California in 1769, they soon understood that they would never be able to defend the province from the English and Russians if they did not found a colony populated by families. In 1775, Felipe de Neve, the governor of California, together with Juan Bautista de Anza, an intrepid army officer from Tubac, in Sonora, recruited a group of about 200 people to journey north on foot and establish towns in Alta California. Neve knew that without families to raise crops and establish towns, it would be hard to create a stable Spanish presence in the territory. Anza led these families, of mixed European, Native American and African ancestry, from what is today southern Arizona. ...

41 MIN2017 MAY 9
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Podcast Episode 002 — “You Have to Carry This On”: What it Means to Be a Californio

Podcast Episode 001 — Walking the Mission Trail with Maggie Espinosa

A conversation with writer Maggie Espinosa, who walked theCalifornia mission trail from San Diego to Sonoma. A growing number of people of all ages are taking up the challenge of walking the entireCalifornia mission trail. For many, it is an adventure, a spiritual pilgrimage, a scenic tour, a way to get to know themselves, or all of the above. Maggie Espinosa is a journalist, travel writer and blogger, who decided to set off on a quest to visit all 21 of California missions. Along the way, she overcame challenges, made friends, and learned about herself. The story of her journey is detailed in the book, On a Mission: An 800-mile Walk to Discover California’s El Camino Real. On a Mission is a wonderful, personal account of her life on the mission trail. When I read it, I new that I had to somehow interview Maggie and hear her story. Maggie was happy to answer my questions about her journey. She’s a lively and engaging person, and I know you are going to enjoy our conversation. In i...

30 MIN2017 APR 2
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Podcast Episode 001 — Walking the Mission Trail with Maggie Espinosa

The California Frontier Podcast – Introduction

Introducing the California Frontier Podcast, dedicated to the people and stories of the California mission and rancho eras. For some months now I have been promising to launch aCalifornia Frontier Podcast. Well, as they say in Spanish,Loprometidoesdeuda(“A promise is a debt”). I owe you a debt, and it is one I am happy to pay. What is a podcast? A podcast is basically like a radio show, except that, instead of listening to it over the air at the time it is broadcast, you listen to a podcast over the Internet, at the time and place of your choosing. “Podcast” is a play on the word “broadcast”: the first podcasts were probably meant to be heard on an iPod, hence the “pod” in “podcast” (by the way, does anyone still have an iPod?). So you don’t have to worry about missing a show, as you would on the radio. The convenience factor means that more and more people are listening to podcasts. You can listen to a podcast while driving, mowing the lawn, washing the dishes or running...

6 MIN2017 MAR 28
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The California Frontier Podcast – Introduction
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Latest Episodes

Podcast Episode 002 — “You Have to Carry This On”: What it Means to Be a Californio

In this episode, I speak with Greg Bernal-Mendoza Smestad, a direct descendant of the families who settled Alta California over 200 years ago. Greg talks to us about theirjourney, the character of those people who risked their lives to come to come north, andthe legacythey passed on. When Spanish explorerscame to Alta California in 1769, they soon understood that they would never be able to defend the province from the English and Russians if they did not found a colony populated by families. In 1775, Felipe de Neve, the governor of California, together with Juan Bautista de Anza, an intrepid army officer from Tubac, in Sonora, recruited a group of about 200 people to journey north on foot and establish towns in Alta California. Neve knew that without families to raise crops and establish towns, it would be hard to create a stable Spanish presence in the territory. Anza led these families, of mixed European, Native American and African ancestry, from what is today southern Arizona. ...

41 MIN2017 MAY 9
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Podcast Episode 002 — “You Have to Carry This On”: What it Means to Be a Californio

Podcast Episode 001 — Walking the Mission Trail with Maggie Espinosa

A conversation with writer Maggie Espinosa, who walked theCalifornia mission trail from San Diego to Sonoma. A growing number of people of all ages are taking up the challenge of walking the entireCalifornia mission trail. For many, it is an adventure, a spiritual pilgrimage, a scenic tour, a way to get to know themselves, or all of the above. Maggie Espinosa is a journalist, travel writer and blogger, who decided to set off on a quest to visit all 21 of California missions. Along the way, she overcame challenges, made friends, and learned about herself. The story of her journey is detailed in the book, On a Mission: An 800-mile Walk to Discover California’s El Camino Real. On a Mission is a wonderful, personal account of her life on the mission trail. When I read it, I new that I had to somehow interview Maggie and hear her story. Maggie was happy to answer my questions about her journey. She’s a lively and engaging person, and I know you are going to enjoy our conversation. In i...

30 MIN2017 APR 2
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Podcast Episode 001 — Walking the Mission Trail with Maggie Espinosa

The California Frontier Podcast – Introduction

Introducing the California Frontier Podcast, dedicated to the people and stories of the California mission and rancho eras. For some months now I have been promising to launch aCalifornia Frontier Podcast. Well, as they say in Spanish,Loprometidoesdeuda(“A promise is a debt”). I owe you a debt, and it is one I am happy to pay. What is a podcast? A podcast is basically like a radio show, except that, instead of listening to it over the air at the time it is broadcast, you listen to a podcast over the Internet, at the time and place of your choosing. “Podcast” is a play on the word “broadcast”: the first podcasts were probably meant to be heard on an iPod, hence the “pod” in “podcast” (by the way, does anyone still have an iPod?). So you don’t have to worry about missing a show, as you would on the radio. The convenience factor means that more and more people are listening to podcasts. You can listen to a podcast while driving, mowing the lawn, washing the dishes or running...

6 MIN2017 MAR 28
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The California Frontier Podcast – Introduction
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