La Leyenda Negra and the Queen of the Missions HuffPo (VIDEO)

Ernestine De Soto is the daughter of the last native Chumash speaker and grandniece of the last pure blood Chumash. She told me that, “90 percent of the 4,000 bodies buried under the walk in the cemetery of Old Mission Santa Barbara — that thousands of tourists traverse every year — are babies, infants who died from measles and smallpox.” Her great-great-great grandmother was in the Chumash village on the beach at Santa Barbara the year the Spanish arrived.

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