The Ladies' Tea Guild

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What day is today? California Statehood Day!

"San Francisco in 1848" from ClipartETC
California's formal entry into the United States of America occurred on September 9, 1850.  Settled by the Spanish and mostly ignored by later Mexican rulers, who pictured the state as a sleepy backwater with less than 10,000 occupants, California was given to the United States in 1848 as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, just as gold was being discovered in the northern part of the state.  The earlier independence movement had been initiated by the Californio residents, who were people of mixed Spanish ancestry, born in California (especially descendants of the 18th century Spanish settlers), who identified themselves as Spanish Californians, instead of Mexicans, although Mexico technically ruled the state.  Newly-arrived (since about 1845) foreigners joined in the fight for independence, which resulted in the independent Bear Flag Republic being declared shortly before California's admission by the U.S.  These two events -- the Gold Rush and Statehood -- dramatically and rapidly changed the face of California life forever, and helped make California the place that it is today!

"California becomes the 31st state in record time"


Meg said...

I did not know this. I have lived in the south bay for 15 years. I am interested in the tea time here... I only know of the tea room at Santana Row. Have a lovely week.

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Hi Meg,

The tea scene in the San Jose area has seen a lot of changes in the past few years. The only tea shops in town where you can sit down and have afternoon tea -- as far as I know -- are Lisa's Tea Treasures at Santana Row and Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square, downtown. There is also Lupicia and Teavana at Valley Fair, but they're just tea stores; you can buy tea there but you can't drink tea there. We need more tea rooms!

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)