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What Your Child is Learning in Unit 2: "Colonial California"

This unit centers around events that brought economic and social change to California in the early 1800s. Your child will examine the growth of a land-owning class following the Mexican War for Independence. He or she will learn about the ranchos and pueblos on which workers lived and worked, and recognize the lasting influence of these workers on California today. Your child will also discover some economic concepts, including the system of barter that was the basis of Mexican California trade.

Activities You Can Do at Home to Support Your Child's Learning

Chapter 3 Spanish Explorers and Settlers

Chapter 4 Mexican California

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