Pio Pico and the Early Afro-Mexican Settlement in California
part of the Presidio Dialogues series
Thursday, March 10, 6:00-7:00PM
Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
Free, Registration required
Notable authors, artists, and conversation starters explore themes from ancient history to current events through interactive dialogues, stimulating talks, panels, performances, and films.
Professor Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, talks about early Mexican settlers of African descent who were some of the first non-Indians in California. Like Pico, many came from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, with the Anza Expedition in 1775, and helped to shape the character of California, building and establishing pueblos and ranches that grew into towns such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey, and San Jose. Several became wealthy landowners and politicians, including Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. Copies of Professor Salomon’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Carlos Manuel Salomon received his Ph. D. at the University of New Mexico in Borderlands and Latin American History. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who works in the area of borderlands, social movements, oral history, and migration. Dr. Salomon is the author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California with the University of Oklahoma Press (2010). He is currently editing the Routledge History of Latin American Culture (2015).
Presented in association with the Mexican Museum.