California Natives on the Colorado River.
Stone engraving by Arthur Schott, 1848.
Overhead Golden Eagles and Condors soared,
looming large as man.
California was a magical world in the 1840's, and San Diego
was its best-sheltered, richest port, center of a lucrative trade in cowhides, tallow and furs, and the main supply base for
whalers working the Baja California breeding lagoons. For a decade, three contrasting cultures came together and clashed
in this fertile land, vying for control of millions of acres of oak-park pasture that extended for a two-day's ride in every
direction from the deepwater port. Spanish/Mexicans fought to hang on to vast haciendas recently usurped from the missions
and Indians; Yankee adventurers dreamed of Texas-sized ranches in a California annexed to the United States; and the populous
native tribes, fragmented and frustrated but still powerful, determined to hold on to their land and win back what they had
lost to the invaders.
'The Indian Lover' recounts the classic American tale of William Marshall, a young New England
ship deserter, who by force of personality and action will become friend or foe to nearly every resident of the future county
of San Diego - Mexican, American and Indian. Based on the true story of his seven year sojourn in California, with the missing
shards of history hand-painted in blood, sensation and emotion, especially through the two courageous women who came to love
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