Mexican Rancho Era Reflective Essay

Part II. Reflective Essay (Journal) on the Mexican Rancho Era

Please write about three pages of observations on the era of Mexican rule in California, using selections from Connecting California. Relate your observations to the events and concepts we have discussed in class. Reflect on how the documents help you grow as a historian and relate your comments to at least three of the Habits of Mind for History.

Please start your essay with an overall perspective on what you learned. Then examine each of your sources (critically) to show how they add to our understanding. Use about four selections from Connecting California, related to the era, that you have not used before. Please put titles of documents in bold the first you discuss them in a significant way.

Using your own research, or Cengage materials, include at least one additional primary source from the early to mid-1800s in your reflective essay. The additional source does not need to be about California, as long as it relates to concepts or events you discuss in the essay.