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To Fly With The Swallows: A Story of Old California
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
Spanish colonial history is often ignored when we study the history of our nation. The focus is always on the English and the Thirteen Colonies. But there were other European colonies in America before the English, and most of them were Spanish.
The Spanish stamp was placed not only on Mexico and the countries farther south in Central and South America but on a large part of what is now the United States as well. The Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and California all began their colonial history with Spanish explores and, in most cases, Spanish settlers.
Other books in this series tell the story of Spanish exploration and Settlement. To Fly with the Swallows tells a different story. It provides a glimpse of Spanish life in colonial America. It also tells the story of how a young girl built a new dream from the ashes of an old one. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
To Fly With The Swallows: A Story of Old California • Reviews
"To Fly With The Swallows is a biography of Concha (María de Argüello y Moraga) who became California's first native-born nun and whose life spanned the period from Spanish rule to American statehood." - Cambium Learning.
"This is the biography of Doña Concha, the daughter of the commandante of San Francisco Presidio, in the early 1800s. After a tragic love story, this woman became California's first native-born nun. Her story describes a life that spanned the transitional period from Spanish rule to American statehood." - California Online Resources For Education.
"The story of Concha, her courtship by Count Rezanov, and her "second life" became very popular in the years after her death. In the second half of the 1800's, her story was celebrated throughout California in books, poems, songs, and legend. To Fly With The Swallows is based on several of these sources. However, because these sources focus more on Concha's romance with Rezanov, routine details of her daily life are scarce. ~ The Editors.