Well before the arrival of Captain Weber, the state of California's DNA is one rich with Indigenous and Hispanic genes. Starting in the 16th century, this land was part of "New Spain," under the rule of the Spanish Kingdom up until it dissolved in 1821. After that, it was Mexican land up until the late 1840s with the Mexican-American War. And while it has spent nearly two centuries under the American banner, it remains strongly connected to its Mexican roots—and that includes the city of Stockton.
Below are just a few of the deep Hispanic organizations, businesses, restaurants, and events that are embedded in Stockton's foundation.