Choose ONE of the following questions:
- Provide a framework for understanding the historical experiences of Native Californians from prior to contact with Europeans through the Spanish and Mexican periods. What were the most important events and processes that impacted the lives of California Indians? What patterns of continuity and change emerge?
- In the decades following Spanish colonization, tremendous shifts took place in the economy of California. How would you characterize the changes in the economic base of California from 1769 to 1850? Your paper should discuss the persistent economic conflicts and challenges Californiaâ€™s inhabitants faced in this period.