By Elias Castillo

A move of Thorns demanding situations this mythologized historical past and offers the proof of the Spanish career of California, describing the darkish and harsh fact of undertaking lifestyles. starting in 1769, California Indians have been en­ticed into the missions, the place they and their descendents have been imprisoned for 60 years of compelled hard work and day-by-day beatings. The chilling depictions of colonial cruelty in A go of Thorns are in line with little recognized church and Spanish executive documents and letters written by way of the founding father of California’s challenge, Friar Junipero Serra (who advo­cated the whipping of project Indians as a typical policy), and released first-hand bills of 18th and nineteenth century travelers.

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