Passage to Monterey (Juan & Mariano, Book 1)

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9780972901604: Passage to Monterey (Juan & Mariano, Book 1)

An adventure was all Mariano wanted...

"Let’s be clear," said Mariano. "We are going to ride to Monterey, fill the carreta with the government documents, and pick up Padre Florencio. Then we will ride back to Soledad, warn all the women and children about the warships, and hide the cargo where it will be safe."

That is your plan," said Juan. "My plan is to stay alive."

At age eleven, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and his nine-year-old nephew, Juan, risk their lives to save the written history of the town of Monterey. Braving mountain lions and other dangers, the boys drive a wagon through the night to carry the precious papers to safety in Soledad and warn of an approaching invasion. The lessons they learned from their heroic exploit served these brave boys well – they grew up to become the rulers of California.

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Juan Bautista Alvarado was articulate and very popular with the people of California. In 1836 when Juan was 27 years old, he became the governor of California. Mariano Vallejo was a state senator. He helped establish Arbor Day in California. He owned the first commercial winery in the state. He became Commandant General of CA when he was only 29. He was on the state board of horticulture for several years and supported one of the first resolutions to protect the redwoods. The city of Vallejo was named after him because he donated one hundred and fifty six acres of land to the state legislators. He spent many months collecting journals, letters and private reminiscences from native Californians. These were called the Documentos Para la Historia de California. This material is a very important part of the Bancroft Library and is the basis on which much research into California’s past is done today.

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From the Author:

I’ve lived in California my whole life and I love it here. I decided to write a history book for kids about California and searched for an interesting/historic person who would be my main character. In an old, dusty, diary at the Petaluma Historical Museum I found a heroic story about General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. I went in search of more facts about "The General" and here’s a partial list of what I found:

He was a state senator
He helped establish Arbor Day in California
He became the Commandant General of California at the age of twenty-nine.
He owned thousands of acres of land from the Carquinez Straits to Mendocino County
He spoke Latin, French, Spanish, English, Greek, Italian, German, Russian and several Native American dialects
He was the first commercial wine maker in California
He labored all his adult life for the good of California
He spent his entire life in California and yet had been a citizen of New Spain, Mexico and The United States
Several years after his death, a Polaris submarine was named after him, the U.S.S. Mariano Vallejo

Juan Bautista Alvarado (Mariano’s nephew) was an interesting character. He was funny, articulate and well liked by the people of California. He became governor of the state when he was only twenty-seven. Juan and Mariano grew up together so I decided to write a series about them. I’m calling it "The Adventures of Juan and Mariano".

I hope readers enjoy the books. It’s my goal to make them entertaining and educational.

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