Explore some unique history from during the time Spain ruled portions of the western United states. Starting in the late 1700s, the Spanish government gave their former soldiers use of large areas of land for ranchos. These areas eventually produced much wealth (as the result of the lucrative and wasteful hide trade) and, as a result, became the source of many legends and stories, particularly between the 1830s and 1840s. The introductory chapters (Part 1) explain rancho life. Then, Part 2 tells a different story from each of 8 different ranchos, such as a mistake that brought about a fortune; a rancho attacked by a pirate; and how a long-dead outlaw reclaims a treasure. A significant aspect of Californian history, but also an important part of the development of the US. This volume does not coordinate with Hands-on History Projects as do the other Tales & Treasures. 7 x 10, 127 pp,hc. ~ Ruth
California's rancho days come vividly to life in this information-packed collection of facts and stories. All the essentials are here: how the ranchos came to be, the rancheros' lifestyle, and the gradual decline of the rancho way of life following the American conquest of California. But that's just the beginning! Chapters devoted to eight selected ranchos tell of such fascinating episodes as the only pirate attack on a rancho, how two wealthy rancheros staged California's greatest horse race, the "golden mistake" that brought a fabulous fortune to famed explorer John Charles Frmont, and the surprising discovery that turned rancho land in Santa Clara County into California's richest mine.
Discover anew some of California's history with these engaging story books. The lively stories in these books explore the legends, facts, anecdotes, and lore surrounding people and events from California's past. Explore how the gold rush began; where the gold seekers came from (and where they went); how they lived, worked, fought, and played; and the effect they had on California history through the stories of Francisco Lopez, Sam Brannan, Joaquin Murrieta, Black Bart, Samuel Clemens, Lotta Crabtree, and many others. Trace the legacy of the missions through the shipwrecks, lost mines, buried bandit's loot, and fabled Indian gold that are part of the history of seven missions (San Diego, San Gabriel, Santa Barbara, San Antonio, San Carlos, Santa Clara, and San Francisco) and the communities that sprung up around them. The books explore and expound on the colorful and often little-known tales of the eras and are enjoyable to read in their straight-forward style. Black and white illustrations are sprinkled here and there throughout the text.
Hands-on History Project and Activity Books for each book are also available. These books provide a number of projects, activities, games and other ideas to help you integrate skills acrosss the curriculum, including a reader's theatre. While written for classroom use, they are easily adaptable for home use. They include black and white illustrations, answers, and are reproducible. sc, 56-65 pgs. ~ Zach