Fronterizos: The Spanish Speaking History of the South Bay, San Diego
New exhibit in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum Opening Jan. 27th
The history of the Spanish-speaking peoples at the southwestern-most corner of the U.S.-Mexico border begins with an expulsion. The Bourbon King Carlo III commissioned Captain Gaspar de Portola to expel the Jesuits from Baja California. Portola went on to launch a Sacred Expedition into Alta California and many South Bay residents have ancestors who came to San Diego during this era. These pioneers were of mixed ethnicities, having intermarried with the African-Spaniards and Jews as well as the indigenous populations in Mexico. Once settled in Alta California, they formed their own identities as Californios. Based on more than 50 interviews and 1,000 archival photographs, Fronterizos takes you through more than two hundred years of history at la frontera, culminating with the Chicano Movement whose epicenter existed near the border.