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  • proper n. A Spanish-speaking Roman Catholic Californian living in California before the Mexican-American War.


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  • The first mission here was founded in 1769 -- over 200 years after Cortes's conquest, and after that a unique 'Californio' culture developed.

    Borjas: What's His Problem?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • However, her family is old-school Californio: she is descended from the old Mexican families that lived in California before it became US territory.

    Matthew Yglesias » Charles Murray Sees Nonwhite People

  • Her most famous collection of short stories “Before the Gringo Came,” commemorating life during the Californio period before the discovery of gold and statehood, was re-published under the title, The Splendid Idle

    Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948)

  • In fact, the Battle of Cahuenga Pass battle was fought on February 20, 1845, near what is now Universal Studios in Los Angeles between Californio rebels and Mexican loyalists.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Immigration: Costs and Benefits, in Liberty and Otherwise

  • We're reminded in the way the city is laid out, along the former boundaries of old Californio ranchos.

    Franklin Avenue

  • You will learn about the Spanish and Mexican roots of native Californio cuisine, as successive waves of colonizers crashed upon our shores and were swallowed up.

    The Olive, the Fig, and the Chile

  • He hadn't got up late after all, but had been out on horseback surveying his domain, like one of the old Californio dons.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The rest was the usual forecastle gibberish, but, and it may have been that our partner being born with the wanderer's spirits could give meaning to the immemorial calling that speaks to the hearts of the English through the rude chanteys of the sea, something stirred me when the refrain rose up exultantly, "Blow, boys, blow, for Californio, for there's shining gold and wealth untold on the sunny Sacramento."

    Lorimer of the Northwest

  • Californio families who once owned most of the arable land in this county.


  • MexConnect. com Forums: Specific Focus: Learning Spanish: Californio Spanish

    Californio Spanish


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