The Rise of Tiburcio
""California's Most Wanted Man," Tiburcio Vasquez, was born in Monterey, August 11, 1835. His incredibly good looks and seductive personality made him quite the ladies man of that era. His retaliation in response to the actions against his people made him a hero to the Mexicans. Because of his "outlaw" actions and his massive sex appeal, Tiburcio Vasquez was certainly California's Most Wanted Man." (Ok, this paragraph may be just a tad over the top.)
When California was ceded to the
U.S. following the Mexican American War, and as the Americanos
began to take over, the original Californians began to whisper
their discontent over their mistreatment and disregard of their
human rights. Not Tiburcio - he was outraged! He rustled, robbed
and even murdered for most of his adult life, trying to raise
enough money to recruit enough arms and men to revolutionize
Southern California and take back his people's land!"
"Tiburcio's tragic mistake was romancing Rosaria Leiva, the wife of fellow gang member Abdon Leiva. He certainly didn't have to. He had lovers in every town he traveled through. By 1874, after eluding the law for years, the price on Tiburcio's head had risen to $8000."
"Obviously fearing capture, and with hatred toward Tiburcio increasing. Abdon turned himself in and supplied the government with information on all of the secret hideout the Vasquez Gang used, spanning from Salinas to San Diego."
Joel Parker, intellectual vagabond
and seer, adds,
"Tiburcio was not a robin hood-like hero who gave to the poor; he was the outlaw who kept all his booty, and murdered his victims (especially Yanquis, but he was by no means alone among Californios who detested the Anglos [showing up in numbers with the 1849 Gold Rush & staying]) and was an altogether bad hombre."