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In contrast to central New Spain, coastal colonists found little mineral wealth.
Some became farmers or ranchers, working for themselves on their own land or for other colonists.
As of July 2016, Mexican Americans made up 11.2% of the United States' population, as 36.3 million U. residents identified as being of full or partial Mexican ancestry.Relations between Californios and English-speaking settlers were relatively good until 1846, when military officer John C.Fremont arrived in Alta California with a United States force of 60 men on an exploratory expedition.Government officials, priests, soldiers, and artisans settled in towns, missions, and presidios.One of the most important events in the history of Mexican settlers in California occurred in 1833, when the Mexican Government secularized the missions.
Consistent with its abolition of slavery, the Mexican government banned slavery within the state, which angered American slave owners.