A Look at Humankind: People and the Peninsula
Perseverance and ingenuity have enabled humans to survive in the harshness of the peninsula. It is unknown when the original settlers arrived in Baja California. They hunted and gathered food as nomads in this arid land as early as 12,000 years ago, as attested by richly painted caves. Much later, Europeans landed on these shores looking for fame and fortune, or to bring their faith to the native people. The newcomers and their descendants populated the peninsula, albeit sparsely, making a living by ranching, farming, mining, and fishing. Today, as populations and tourism increase, we explore the boundary between us and the natural world, seeking understanding and a relationship that will sustain our species and the beautiful diversity of the peninsula.
Cave painting perspective, Sierra San Francisco
Gray whales in Magdalena Bay
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