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Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez 1st Edition
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Boessenecker presents the reader with a wealth of well-researched detail that is a valuable addition to the scholarship on Mexican-era California - a bucolic backwater that is nearly forgotten, buried beneath miles of freeways and suburban sprawl. The "Californios," as they called themselves, were of mixed Spanish, Indian, and African ethnicity, and largely ignored by their far-away rulers. They have been romanticized as picturesque lords of vast haciendas who spent their days feasting and dancing in a pastoral arcadia that calls to mind the mythical images of America's antebellum plantation South. The reality is that most were like the Vasquez family, working small farms of 50 acres or fewer; middle-class, but hovering just out of poverty's reach.
Tiburcio Vasquez enjoyed a happy youth in old Monterey, but the town was far from the idyllic place promoted to tourists today. California's seaside capital teemed with violent criminals. It was a dumping ground for Mexico's troublesome citizens; added to the brew were unruly decommissioned soldiers from American regiments that had fought in the U.S.Read more ›
What a treasure trove of information I received! Boessenecker dug deep to uncover details, compared and contrasted those details, and connected all dots to tell the story of one of early California's most notorious criminals. The reading is captivating, fast-paced, and easy to follow. The details are authenticated and speculation is identified. While not a history textbook, embedded in BANDIDO, is a working overview of early Monterey County, what was to become San Benito County, those early settlers and their communities, and more. As an historian and genealogist and having lived and worked in Santa Clara County, I am both fascinated and pleased with BANDIDO. It more than met my expectations!
Author of THE SMALL WINDOW, The Story of Hardluck's Beginnings
The Small Window: The Story of Hardluck's Beginnings
and Carmel, but Santa Cruz (N. Branciforte; Vine Hill Road; Pacific Ave), Los Gatos, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, Hollister, Gilroy, Pacheco Pass, New Idria, Lime Kiln Gulch, Coalinga, New Almaden, Palo Alto (Mayfield), San Jose, Santa Clara (where Vasquez is buried), Alviso, San Francisco, San Quentin Prison, Ross Landing, Kentfield, Vasquez Rocks (Acton), Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Panoche Hills, Tujunga Canyon, Cahuenga Pass, Cajon Pass, Fort Tejon, Calera Canyon, Livermore Valley, Devore, Eagle Rock, El Monte, Folsom, Fort Tejon, Fresno, Visalia, the Gabilan Mountains, Elizabeth Lake, Glen Ellen, Napa (Spanish Town), Glendale, Gonzales, Half Moon Bay, the Hollywood Hills, Jackson, Kerman, the Kettleman Plains, Kingston, Lafeyette, Laton, Leona Valley (High Desert), Lancaster, Madera, Martinez Valley (Martinez, Concord, Benicia), Mendota, Milpitas, Mission Dolores (San Francisco), the Mojave Desert, Morgan Hill, Mount Diablo, Oakland -- and much, much more -- all of it on horseback.
It's all here: stage coach robberies, cattle rustling, vigilante lynchings . . . I could not put this book down.
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Greatfull for the in-depth research and narrative of this important figure in California/Southwest history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Serna
it to his life from start to finish. Makes you feel like you know himPublished 14 months ago by Dave Grammer
Definitive study of one of the most notorious outlaws of his day...Published 14 months ago by Will James
In the pantheon of 19th century desperadoes, Tiburcio Vasquez was, I will admit, nowhere in my line of sight. Bandito has taken care of that oversight. Read morePublished 14 months ago by david l. poremba
I've just purchased this book from Amazon and reading the Kindle version of it. I'm a bit confused about the Juan Bautista de Anza's timeline. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Yeomans