How Chivalry Formed the Myth of California

  title={How Chivalry Formed the Myth of California},
  author={Nancy Vogeley},
  journal={MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly},
  pages={165 - 187}
  • N. Vogeley
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly
In 1862 Edward Everett Hale announced his find that the name California derived from a Spanish romance of chivalry, the Sergas de Esplandián.1 Reading the old book, authored by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo and published in 1510,2 Hale had come across the following passage: “Know, then, that, on the right hand of the Indies, there is an island called California, very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise, and it was peopled by black women without any man being among them, for they lived… 
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