By James J. Rawls
When the 1st Anglo-Americans visited California early within the 19th century, the long run country used to be nonetheless a distant province of the Spanish empire. Early viewers, full of a feeling of American’s occur future, defined the missionary monks and their Indian converts by way of the Black Legend of Spanish abuse of local peoples. Later, while the Anglos settled in California and assumed the lifestyle of the Mexican rancheros, they considered the Indians as a primitive laboring classification, docile and exploitable. ultimately, after 1849, the gold rush introduced thousands of latest white immigrants, who handled the primitive "diggers" easily as threats to their very own prosperity and safeguard. Bounty hunters shot down grownup Indians, and Indian little ones and kids have been offered into slavery as "apprentices."
The engine during this evolution of white attitudes was once the altering wishes of the white inhabitants. desiring to discredit Hispanic claims to the land, American observers observed the Indians as sufferers; desiring an inexpensive hard work strength themselves, they considered the Indians as an invaluable classification; wanting unimpeded entry to the assets of the Golden country, they taken care of the Indians easily as hindrances to be eliminated.
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