When the Spanish began colonizing California in the late 1700s, there were more
than 300,000 native peoples living there. By 1860, their population had been cut
down to 30,000 by the European diseases they were unprepared to fight, poverty,
and other hardships. In this book, readers learn about the traditional culture
of the native peoples of California, including the time period before European
and American settlement as well as its influence on these groups. Full-color
photographs and historical images illustrate their lifestyles as the main
content and fact boxes introduce specific groups and their unique customs.