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The fourth and final volume in Engelhardt's series on the general history of the California missions and generally concludes with the narrative in the early 1850s time period. The author noted that, "... a cursory view of the situation revealed such un common struggles in behalf of the Indians against military usurpation and colonist cupidity, accompanied and followed by such extraordinary misrepresentations and calumnies, that only a documentary history would satisfy the critical student and intelligent reader. ... The character of the missionaries, their religious and moral principles, their object, methods, resources, successes and reverses were examined and recorded in these volumes." Sections I and II dealt with the final years of Mexican tenure in Upper California. Section III dealt with the "New Era" when gold was discovered, the United States took possession of Spanish/Mexican territories, the treaty with Mexico in which Mexico recognized Texas as part of the United States and ceded to the U.S. all of its territory embraced in the what would become the States of California, Arizona and New Mexico. The author discusses in detail the mistreatment of the Indians by the new settlers and government agents . The author also described the issues related to the disposition of the missions and the three (out of 813 claims, 513 confirmed) mission land cases before the U.S. Land Commission.
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"1915 - The Missions and Missionaries of California, Vol. IV, Upper California, Part III, General History, Zephyrin Engelhardt" (2019). Franciscan Publications. 11.