The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California

The Forgotten Governor Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California In Spain selected Don Fernando de Rivera to lead the Portol expedition into Alta California From that point until his death thirteen years later Rivera was involved in every aspect of Californi

  • Title: The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California
  • Author: John Wills
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In 1768, Spain selected Don Fernando de Rivera to lead the Portol expedition into Alta California From that point until his death thirteen years later, Rivera was involved in every aspect of California s settlement bringing settlers into the state, serving as military governor for several years, assisting in founding missions and presidios, putting down an Indian revoltIn 1768, Spain selected Don Fernando de Rivera to lead the Portol expedition into Alta California From that point until his death thirteen years later, Rivera was involved in every aspect of California s settlement bringing settlers into the state, serving as military governor for several years, assisting in founding missions and presidios, putting down an Indian revolt But Rivera was a controversial figure Embroiled in conflicts with Father Serra and Juan Bautista de Anza, and even at one point excommunicated from the Catholic Church for violating church sanctuary, Rivera s contributions are neither widely known nor appreciated The Forgotten Governor Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California, the first biography ever of Rivera, tells the story of a man whose contributions deserve a prominent place in the public memory In addition to providing the first biography of Rivera, the book provides an overview of early Spanish California history for the general reader.

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    1. This is a revisionist biography of Fernando de Rivera y Moncada, the Mexican born Spanish soldier and administrator who led expeditions to claim San Diego and San Francisco Bay. His timing, however, was at the juncture of Spain's need to country Russian expansion in North America and the expulsion of the Jesuit order (Rivera has an excellent working relationship with the Jesuitst so much with their Franciscan replacements). Thus trapped between a Spanish king who wanted impossible and under supp [...]

    2. Good research, well presentedThis book uses research materials both recently discovered and older. It presents the opening of California from a perspective not often quoted or considered, and is a fascinating glimpse into life on the frontier, subject to but far from Spain's control, and always with an amazing lack of resources.

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