Linda Castro Martinez, a descendant of the Castro family, a retired educator, a co-author of three self-published books on American Latinos, has completed her new book, “Encarnación Castro’s Journey In The Anza Expedition 1775-1776 and the Founding of San Francisco and San Jose, California”: a gripping tale of Encarnación’s adventure and the moving pueblo’s pilgrimage that challenges their endurance, resilience, and resolve. Through the eyes of a precocious eight-year-old Mestiza child, readers will become familiar with the hardships the soldier-settlers endured on the 1,800 mile trek, appreciate the caravan’s daily ritual of prayer and weekly Catholic Mass, and discover other memorable life-altering encounters. The author also incorporates the love and cohesiveness displayed by the Castro family in this harrowing journey.
Linda writes, “Eight-year-old Encarnación Castro embarked on a life-altering journey that challenged her endurance and resolve. Her life would never be the same. Encarnación was a precocious eight-year old Mestiza (Spanish-Indian) child from Villa de Sinaloa, Nueva España. Intellectual curiosity and strength of will were her personal mantra. Encarnación’s family had been recruited as soldier-settlers in Lieutenant Colonel Juan Bautista Anza’s Expedition of 1775-1776. On the expedition, her father was a ‘soldado de cuera,’ a leather-jacket soldier, who protected the expedition. After ten years of military service, the Spanish King promised land grants to those who served. The Anza Expedition’s goal was to settle San Francisco, Alta California and to found a mission there.
“Stalked and attacked by Apache warriors, tested by hostile environments, burdened by the shortage of food and water, grief-stricken over the loss of loved ones, the Castro’s 1800-mile journey defied human fortitude and expectations. There was no turning back for Encarnación and her family. The Anza caravan, made up of 240 men, women and children, traveled over eight months. What began as a promising adventure for Encarnación and her family became an existential struggle.”
Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Linda Castro Martinez’s new book is a thrilling work that debunks the traditional story surrounding the settlement of people from Spain and Mexico in the United States. The author, who is a descendant of the Castro family, also presented the great contributions made by her family to the founding of California. This wonderful piece is truly a remarkable land voyage, a significant part of history meant for the new generations to know of.
Readers can purchase “Encarnación Castro’s Journey In The Anza Expedition 1775-1776 and the Founding of San Francisco and San Jose, California” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
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