Mexican Ranchos: A Chapter of California History at Petaluma State Historic Park

The rancho period marks the end of the mission era in Alta California and the beginning of international commerce. General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s Mexican land grant, Rancho Petaluma, was the headquarters of his hide and tallow trade. Travel back in time to Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park to learn how the labor of California Indians shaped General Vallejo’s vast land grant into a productive and prosperous rancho during this 45 minute virtual field trip.

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