Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California

Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California

by Carlos Manuel Salomon
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Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California by Carlos Manuel Salomon

Two-time governor of Alta, California and prominent businessman after the U.S. annexation, Pío de Jesus Pico was a politically savvy Californio who thrived in both the Mexican and the American periods. This is the first biography of Pico, whose life vibrantly illustrates the opportunities and risks faced by Mexican Americans in those transitional years.

Carlos Manuel Salomon breathes life into the story of Pico, who—despite his mestizo-black heritage—became one of the wealthiest men in California thanks to real estate holdings and who was the last major Californio political figure with economic clout. Salomon traces Pico’s complicated political rise during the Mexican era, leading a revolt against the governor in 1831 that swept him into that office. During his second governorship in 1845 Pico fought in vain to save California from the invading forces of the United States.

Pico faced complex legal and financial problems under the American regime. Salomon argues that it was Pico’s legal struggles with political rivals and land-hungry swindlers that ultimately resulted in the loss of Pico’s entire fortune. Yet as the most litigious Californio of his time, he consistently demonstrated his refusal to become a victim.

Pico is an important transitional figure whose name still resonates in many Southern California locales. His story offers a new view of California history that anticipates a new perspective on the multicultural fabric of the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806183480
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,179,921
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carlos Manuel Salomon is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at California State University, East Bay.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book! So informative and eye-opening. It is unfortunate that American History overlooks the contributions of intelligent loyal Californios who sought independence from Mexican authority and worked diligently with Americans to establish modern California as we know it. Nevertheless, the lives of so many powerful men and women have been whitewashed and stripped as the United States took their land away from them in litigations. (i.e. Land Act of 1851) Moreover, the process of glorifying and romanticizing Spanish/Mexican past in street names and architectural stylings while at the same time diminishing the worth of Hispanic men and women is a trend that continues unto today.
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