Early Afro-Mexican Settlers in California
Hosted by the California Historical Society at its San Francisco headquarters, Prof. Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of
"Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California," talks about Mexicans of African descent who were some of the first non-Indian settlers in California.
Many came from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, with the Anza Expedition in 1775, and helped to shape the character of California,
building and establishing pueblos and ranches that grew into towns such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey and San Jose.
Several became wealthy landowners and politicians, including Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California.