In Search of Old California

By Michele E. Buttelman  When using the term 'old California' many people think of a specific era in California history, the 'rancho period.'  The ...

September 27, 2022
5:10 AM

By Michele E. Buttelman  When using the term 'old California' many people think of a specific era in California history, the 'rancho period.'  The 'rancho period' is considered to be between the 1830s and the 1850s. This is the time in which the Mexican government distributed lands through land grants that had been under the control of the missions to private individuals.   Over a period of about 60 years, the Spanish and Mexican governments made about 500 land grants for ranchos in California. Of these, only about 30 originated during the Spanish period (1769-1822), while most came about during the Mexican era (1822-1848).

Signal Staff