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Mojave River Valley Museum
Mohahve Historical Society
Historical Sketch of the California Indians
Copyright 1997 by Tad Beckman,
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA 91711
This sketch covers five major time periods in California history. They are the following
natural divisions: the time prior to European contact, the period of Spanish missions, the brief Mexican period, the
time from California statehood to the early 20th Century, and the contemporary scene. Some readings are suggested
at the end of each section.
Archaeologists have long theorized that the earliest humans in the American continents came here from ...
Throughout the 16th Century, Spain held much of the New World in its own control. After the defeat of the ...
As mentioned earlier, Mexico became independent of Spain in 1821, just as the United States had become ...
In 1836, Texas revolted against the Republic of Mexico and declared its independence. While there was strong support for ...
Contemporary Reservation life in its 150-year history, has never been a pleasant or secure existence. From ...
As with many things in the Mojave Desert, its Native history has been shaped by external influences. In order to understand why, or how the interior history has taken its course, we should examine these peripheral events and conditions.