Thanks for your answer acix,That's useful information Martin, thank you for sharing that. To be honest my main reason for asking for books was in case I could not find any Spanish speakers to help me with research, but if I have folks on this website who can translate info from Spanish-language source, that is fine
Do you have any information on the breakdown of San Francisco's population ca. 1776-1821? For example how many men, women, children? How many indios, criollos, mestizos, etc.? Or any numbers for employment? (for example, soldiers vs. farmers vs. craftsmen, etc.)
Information about matter is hard because mostlly non-digitalized.
You can watch some tables in this link: Alta California
However, the tables about Estado de las misiones en la Nueva California del año 1789 (in fact from 1783 onwards) are in AGNM (Archivo General Nación Mexico). But in AGNM I couldn´t find any option to watch digital documents (Web not even in English version).
The information you are looking for I guess it is in Serie Californias (Several volumens.. I guess in Volumen 12). They are records about Spanish period in Alta California.
AGNM is very important to know for the history of California because most of Spanish records were gathered there and when Mexico was independent in 1821.. the archives were hold there.
Maybe you can find one volumen (12) in some USA university... I read maybe University of Ohio have a digitalized version (in original language) but I couldn´t find.
Well, about people I guess most of them were Mestizos, some whites as Spaniards (Criollos and Peninsulares) and Indians and I guess some negroes. The main factor of Spanish colonization in California.. well in North America were the indians, the american natives. (Indios y franciscanos en la construcción de la Alta California = Indians and Franciscans priest in the construction of High California)
Anza´s expedition was a land expedition from Nogales to San Francisco with 247 settlers and 1.000 cows. It was a great feat: 1.500 kms walking in 1777. And he only lost a life but during the expedition were born 3 babys.. So he arrived to San Francisco with 249 settlers!
The Spanish dream of converting the New California in a Catholic utopia it gradually faded away, although they laid the foundations of a new society that inherited the Mexican independent state. The dream was passed to the chimera of golden fever in Northern San Francisco. When thousands and thousands of people from the whole of the world directed their steps towards California, they just revived (without knowing) the Old Spanish navigators and conquistadores dreams who since 16th Century drew on map one of the most solid Utopias in history of mankind. Still when young people travel to California... they are reviving to Portolá, Anza, Gálvez, Serra etc etc. and their Utopia.