The thread that emerges when Monroy attempts this as a historical scholar is one of people thrown among strangers for the purpose of labor demands or religious proselyzation. Following upon this thread, one may illustrate exactly how cultural and historical changes take place, view the changes occurring by the interaction among the people's undergoing the change, changes that may be conflictual, adaptive or even lethal.
Monroy is able to paint us a wonderful picture of pre-1700's life in California. By learning that the Spanish were not evil controlling monsters, nor were the Indians nanve pliable fools Monroy brings us to an understanding of the many reasons why the people (indigenous or immigrant) acted in the manner they did. In this way it is foreseeable that violence among the cultures was inevitable. The nice point about the book's presentation is its representation of no one peop