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					  The Pearl

By John Steinbeck
             John Steinbeck
• Born in Salinas,        • TC .
                            .
  California
• In 1902
• Attended Stanford
  University
• Committed to social
  progress
• Writing raised social
  consciousness
                The Pearl
• Short but rich
• Strong, compelling
  characters and events
• Successful morality
  tale
• Championing the
  common man,
  characters and family
BAJA PENNINSULA
Modern
day
location
of the
story of
The
Pearl
                   Nameless Beach


Baja California,
longest
peninsula in the
world
A Cove on the Pacific side of Baja
                       Baja History

  Explorations: The first Spanish explorers of Baja California discovered a
native Indian population of 40-50 thousand that was more primitive than the
developed Aztec and Mayan cultures found on the mainland. Hernan Cortez
 started building ships on the Mexican west coast in 1532, near present day
      Acapulco. In 1533, one of Cortez' crews mutinied, sailed west, and
 accidentally discovered the Baja penninsula. This was 85 years before the
                       Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
   Exploration and settlements (La Paz) soon followed. Francisco de Ulloa
expored the coast of the Sea of Cortez and sailed up the west coast of Baja.
He skirmished with local Indians on Cedros Island and was lost at sea in the
bight north of the Island. 459 years later, we were pounded by rough seas in
                                 the same place.
La Paz

				
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