Colt of Destiny

Colt of Destiny

A Story of the California Missions

Land of the Free Series
by Alida Sims Malkus, Manning de V. Lee (Illustrator)
Publisher: John C. Winston
1st Edition, ©1950, Item: 87674
244 pages
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Two themes of great importance in America's development make this story of sixteenth century California a notable title in the Land of the Free series. The development of the Franciscan missions and the capture and training of wild horses that had escaped from earlier Spanish settlers, give this tale a solid historic basis.

Young Jaime Otero, forerunner of a family famous in California history, plays an important part in the early days of the development of the Golden State. It is Jaime who captures Starlight and her mate — two of the wild horses that roamed the plains and valleys of this part of America.

Jaime fights cruel Spanish landowners and savage Indians to bring civilization to the West Coast, and supports Father Junipero Serra in establishing the chain of Franciscan missions. Against a background of unrest and superstition, he painstakingly trains horses that were bred into a strain invaluable to later American pioneers.

—From the dust jacket

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