Ann and Don O'Neil distilled years of research into this comprehensive yet easy-to-read history. Loreto, Baja California contains a wealth of historical information, beginning with the indigenous inhabitants, progressing through the arrival of the Spanish missionaries and soldiers, and continuing up to the present day. Skillfully woven into the narrative are authentic voices from the past century, taken from interviews with those who lived through the town's growth from tiny pueblo to popular tourist destination.
Dozens of rare photographs, maps, and illustrations enliven the text, and more recent photos (by renowned Baja photographer Leland Foerster, among others) feature the faces of the pioneers of modern Loreto. A thorough Baja California bibliography and index complete this book, making it an indispensable reference for modern historians, armchair travelers and the many travelers to Baja's first Capital.
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Authors Ann and Don O¿Neil have called Loreto home since just before the completion of Baja¿s Transpeninsular highway in 1973. In this excellent book they have been able to record not just the growth the town experienced since that momentous year, but also, through painstaking research and timely interviews with the town¿s older and more interesting residents, they have shed much light on Loreto¿s earlier history and helped underscore the importance of Loreto to the history of California. As the author¿s point out, there wasn¿t much celebration at the time of Loreto¿s first centennial in 1797 or its bicentennial in 1897, but the three-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the first mission in the Californias was a major political and cultural event anticipated and celebrated by thousands north and south of the border. I recommend this book, an obvious labor of love, with its dozens of maps and rarely seen black and white photos to anyone wanting a good read about the history and people of Baja.