Ranchos

Learn ‚Äčabout the ranches in Mexican California during California's land grant period in the late 1700s and how Spanish and Mexican families contributed their culture to the area.

 

Mexican California: The Heyday of the Ranchos

Mexican California: The Heyday of the Ranchos Historical and cultural information about California's Ranchos, including an events timeline, from the CSU Northridge website.

 

Life in Evergreen with Antonio Chaboya and family

An article by Colleen Cortese, in Evergreen Times, presenting Yerba Buena Rancho's history.

 

Map of Santa Clara County Ranchos

A map of Santa Clara County's Spanish and Mexican ranchos, drawn by Ralph Rambo and based on research by Clyde Arbuckle, from the History of San José website.

 

Mexican Land Grants: Santa Clara County

The Ranchos of Santa Clara County, as listed in Grants of Land in California Made by Spanish or Mexican Authorities from the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Maps Library website.

 

Rancho Days in Alta California

Article written in 1890, published in The Century Magazine, recounts California rancho and mission life is provided by the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.

 

Ranchos of California

Article about Spanish and Mexican private land claims in California from Grants of Land in California Made by Spanish or Mexican Authorities and link to a list of ranchos by county is provided by the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Maps Library website.

 

The Rancho Land Grant Period

Colleen Cortese's article, in the Evergreen Times, presents a history of Mexican and Spanish land grants in Alta California and challenges to their validity in the California courts following statehood.

 

Squatters Declaration of Rights Led to Squatters War of 1861

An article in the Evergreen Times, written by Colleen Cortese, recounts challenges to Antonio Chaboya's title to Ranch Yerba Buena lands by American squatters.

 

Antonio Chaboya in Evergreen

Colleen Cortese's article in the Evergreen Times provides information from the will of Antonio Chaboya, describes the Evergreen land he owned, and recounts a Chaboya family story and tradition.

 

The Spanish Pueblo Period

The story of the colonization of Alta California by Mexicans and the establishment of its first civil community at the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe in what is now the city of San Jose, written by Colleen Cortese, published in the Evergreen Times.

 

Chaboya Family and Descendants of Evergreen's 'Rancho Yerba Buena'

The story of the Chaboya family's arrival in Alta California from Spain and their migration to Pueblo de San Jose, written by Colleen Cortese and published in the Evergreen Times.

 

The Bernal Family

An article in the Evergreen Times by Colleen Cortese about the arrival of Bernal family in Alta California from Mexico, their connection to the Chaboya family through marriage, and their significant land holdings in Santa Clara County.

 

The Mexican Land Grant Period

The story of Antonio Chaboya's fight to acquire legal title to the lands of Evergreen during the Mexican Land Grant Period and to fend off subsequent claims following the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, written by Colleen Cortese, published in the Evergreen Times.

 

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