Indians at Mission San Diego de Alcalá c. 1900

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San Diego before 1850

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Revolting Indians

Passive resistance to colonial rule

One group of neophytes at Mission San Diego refused to speak Spanish. Even when Fathers Fernando Martin and Jose Sanchez threatened punishment, the neophytes would not obey. The priests couldn’t understand “what reasons keep them from Spanish.”


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