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Colonialism

How ‘Mission Grape’ Started New World Wine

How 'Mission Grape' Started New World Wine 'Mission Grape,' it appears, has never been massively popular with wine critics. One study of the history of viticulture in the United States before Prohibition in 1919 […]

The Jesuits and Wine Production in the New World

The Jesuits and Wine Production in the New World In the summer of 1599, several zealous Roman Catholics, men who perceived themselves as religious warriors, arrived at the developing town of Cordoba in what […]

August 28

August 28, 1784: Junipero Serra died at California's Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. Serra led the Franciscan mission to California between the late 1760s and the early 1780s. At the Mission San Juan […]

April 27

April 27, 1862: The Indian Indenture Act was repealed. The law, passed during the 1850s gold rush, which allowed white men to call for the arrest of any Native American who were perceived as […]

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America In 1554, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries transported European Viti's vinifera vines to Chile. According to mythology, the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre planted the first vines. The […]

June 14

June 14, 1830: On this day in 1830, a French army consisting of 34,000 men under the command of General Louis-Auguste de Bourmont landed 27 kilometers west of Algiers in Algeria to begin the […]

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