mission in the land.
Holding no place in any Indian tribe, these Hybrids would have to live as outcasts.
Every hand would be against them.
Rapine and murder might become their trade.
Taking a middle course, which seemed to him the lesser of two evils, the viceroy formed three camps of refuge, which he called Free Towns
; a first camp at Los Angeles
in the South
, a second camp near Santa Cruz
in the Centre, and a third camp at San Jose
in the North
These camps were ruled by martial law, and wholly separated from the great Franciscan Commonwealth.
About Los Angeles he gathered in the refuse from San Diego
and Santa Barbara
; about Santa Cruz
he gathered in the refuse of San Carlos
, San Juan
, and Soledad
; about San Jose
he gathered in the refuse of Santa Clara
and San Francisco
Within these camps the veterans and their savage progeny were to dwell, but they were not to wander from their limits, under penalty of stripes, imprisonment and death.
Some strangers joined the settlers in these Free Town
; few, and of an evil sort; quacks, gamblers, girl-buyers, whiskey sellers; all the abominable