Excerpt from Report Upon United States Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, Vol. 7 of 7: Archaeology
The discovery of the Peninsula of California, in 1534, by an expedition fitted out by Cortes, brought the Spaniards into contact with native tribes that we... re in several respects unlike the nations they had already met and partially conquered. The naked savages of this newly discovered land maintained their rights to their home, and, probably in return for the usual Spanish treatment of those days, killed Grijalva, the commander of the expedition. The next year, it is stated, Cortes himself explored the penin sula (at that time thought to be an island), and in this expedition he was accompanied by negro slaves and settlers, as well as by priests and soldiers. The expedition under Ulloa followed in 1537, and from that date we receive accounts of the inhabitants; but it was not until one hundred and sixty years afterwards that the Jesuits began to establish their missmns and take possession of a country, the settlement of which had been abandoned, after numerous disasters, by the leaders of the Spanish military expeditions.
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