California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 2, Spring-Fall

Ramona Country, Then and Now
TEMECULA Ramona's Temecula "'Is it a large town?' asked Ramona. Alessandro sighed. 'Dear Senorita, it is not a town; it is only a little village not more than twenty houses in all, and some of those are built only of tule. There is a chapel,...
Ramona, I Love You
Love for a landscape, what we might call topophilia, derives not so much from how a place looks, but rather from our interactions with the place, and the stories and songs we create to record our recollections and emotions associated with the place....
The Ghirardelli Story
People love chocolate, but how many people know that the country's second oldest chocolate company is Ghirardelli? Founded in June 1852, it has been operating for more than one hundred and fifty years now; only Baker's Chocolate, founded in 1780...
Who Made Drake's Plate of Brass? Hint: It Wasn't Francis Drake
A brass plate engraved with Francis Drake's claim to vast reaches of North America became this state's greatest historical treasure when it was found and authenticated in the late 1930s. The plate would become California's greatest hoax when it...