Greg Niemann, long time Baja California journalist and author of Baja Fever, shares his extensive knowledge of the peninsula its colorful past and booming present in this easy to read reference book Get to know the founding fathers of Baja, the padres, pirates, and pioneers who scratched a living from the desert and the sea, plus the world famous faces and still famous places that keep this tiny finger of land in the international spotlight All of the pertinent history and lore, every one of the amazing Baja stories, fill the pages of Baja Legends to overflowing and make it a must have for seasoned Bajaphiles as well as those who are planning their first trip south of the border....
|Title||:||Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on the Map (Sunbelt Cultural Heritage Books)|
|Publisher||:||Sunbelt Publications First American Edition edition November 1, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||261 pages|
|File Size||:||765 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on the Map (Sunbelt Cultural Heritage Books) Reviews
Very readable, and the sections are broken up in a way that makes it easy to look up stories from one particular area. Much of the stories Baja Legends covers can be found in greater depth in other books, but this is good as an overview or brief introduction. The book is legends as much as history - there are several accounts in here, such as supposedly gold-rich 'lost mission' of Santa Isabel, which are certainly more fiction than fact. But it's a good, readable overview of many of the more colorful episodes and characters of this part of the world.
This book was a little different than I expected. The content really got deep into many of the individuals who impacted Baja California from the 1600's through the 20th century.
Per Vocabulary..com: “A legend is a larger-than-life story that gets passed down from one generation to the next — like the legends of Beowulf, Robin Hood, or even Big Foot.”
Having spent a great deal of time, over many years, in Baja California, I am aware of most of places and people that Niemann describes. It was was enjoyable to lose myself in his narrative. My complaint is the limitation of trying to cram the story into too small a basket. The omission of wonderful details of some of the material I know from first-hand makes me wish that there were more details about things with which I am less familiar. If you are a 'newbie', you will be amused and astonished. If you are an old hand, you will be leave unsatisfied'. I'd love to meet with Niemann and spin yarns.
No quite sure exactly how to describe this book. It's listed as history/travel - I don't know if I misunderstood the description or not as the notes on the listing actually don't describe it well. The title is compelling but the reading is not. As soon as I opened it I knew I had made a mistake. I read some random pages but didn't and won't read the entire book.
Great information about Baja California history and resources and people. Lively, upbeat. Somewhat dated.
The stories are a delight. Read many out loud to My "boys" all 60 and older. They are a lot of fun!
Picks up little known facts about the characters who lived and explored this great peninsula of Mexico.