Joaquin Murrieta: Life and Adventures of the Celebrated Bandit : His Exploits in the State of California

By Ireneo Paz; Francis P. Belle | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Chapter I

Joaquin Murrieta was born in the Republic of the United States of Mexico. His family, highly respectable people of Sonora, brought him up in his native town, where he received a finished education.

During his childhood he was remarkable for his sweet and gentle disposition. There was nothing in him then to indicate that daring, unconquerable spirit which made him so celebrated later. All who knew him in his youth spoke affectionately of his good, noble and generous nature. They were hardly able to believe that the terrible adventurer of California whom we are going to portray could be the same kind, pleasant Joaquin Murrieta whom they knew.

In 1845 Joaquin left his native town in Sonora to seek his fortune in the capital. He was then sixteen years old, tall, well-formed, with a countenance not only agreeable but handsome, and in addition to these physical, qualities he had a great inclination for adventure of all kinds.

When he arrived in Mexico City he went to the home of Señor Estudillo, an old friend of his father, and presented a letter of introduction, by virtue of which he was very well received by that gentleman. Very soon his protector obtained employment for him as a groom in the stables of President Lopez de Santa-Anna.

This position, relatively mediocre, he was made to understand would lead him to the most elevated governmental posts; it was one of the steps of the ladder by which some, not all, began to rise and succeed in attaining power. Santa-Anna was very fond of horsemanship. Joaquin, whose deeds had given him renown in his native country, and who would often divert himself by taming the wildest horses of Texas, saw in the passion of the ruler of Mexico a means of becoming known to him and of winning his sympathy.

Nevertheless, his ambitious hopes were not realized as he would have wished, and he even had to give up some of his claims on account of the jealous suspicions of his comrades, the groomsmen of the presidential stables.

-1-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Joaquin Murrieta: Life and Adventures of the Celebrated Bandit : His Exploits in the State of California
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 140

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?