What Was Happening to the Peraltas?
What was happening to the Peraltas outside this picture of calm?
Members of the Peralta family in the 1850s, sitting on the porch of the 1840 adobe. Antonio Peralta has his legs crossed, center right. Outside this museum in the Historic Core of the park you can see the outline showing where this adobe stood.
Suddenly, the Peraltas lived in a different country, although they had not moved! Within four years after the Gold Rush, both Domingo and Vicente Peralta had sold, or had been defrauded of, most of their land. Antonio and Ignacio were under siege, but were able to hold out longer; their portions of the rancho were off the main road from the new town of Oakland and the gold fields in the mountains.
Courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, from the Peter E. Palmquist collection.