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Something to celebrate? Indians’ conflicted feelings about San Diego’s 250th birthday

On April 11, 1769, the Spaniards did not look like conquerors. Entering San Diego Bay aboard the San Carlos and its sister ship, the San Antonio, they were weary, hungry and sick. “When the ships pulled in, that’s what our ancestors saw -- just other humans, humans who were suffering from hunger and thirst,” said Erica Pinto, the Jamul Indian Village’s tribal chairwoman. “We welcomed them and we fed them.


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