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The Tragedy of Martina Castro: Part One of the History of Rancho Soquel Augmentation (The Secret History of Santa Cruz County) Kindle Edition
A child of New Spain, Martina Castro became a leading figure in the tiny pueblo of Branciforte during California’s two decades as a Mexican colony. But her wealth, fame and influence quickly turned to destitution, infamy and irrelevance once California became a U.S. territory in 1848. By the time of her death, her three husbands were long dead and all eight of her surviving children had turned against her in a protracted struggle over her land, title, and legacy. Close relatives such as Rafael Castro and Thomas Fallon exploited her naivete for profit, while opportunists such as Frederick A. Hihn and Louis Depeaux took advantage of her hospitality. Even backcountry settlers like Mountain Charlie McKiernan, Brad Morrell and Lyman Burrell were swept into the battles over Martina’s massive land grants: Rancho Soquel and its ill-defined Augmentation. Hers was a struggle over the rights of a Californio in annexed territory, of Mexican law in an American legal system, of the status of a woman in a man’s world. This is the story of Martina Castro and how her tribulations shaped the course of history in Santa Cruz County.
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- ASIN : B08LT5XM41
- Publisher : Zayante Publishing; 1st edition (October 24, 2020)
- Publication date : October 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 53573 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 614 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #927,701 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 31, 2021
This is an engaging read about an important and influential woman from the central coast region of California. It has been meticulously researched and the writing and format make it easy to follow, especially considering all the factual twists and turns. I understand there are 2 other volumes in the works and am looking forward to digging into those, as well.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 26, 2020
An unbelievable amount of research went into this book. Much of it comes from original letters, diaries and documents. It makes for a very readable narrative but with many details that were never previously known. If you have any interest in the early days of California and Santa Cruz County, you will want this book.
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