around the end of the mission. The ranches rose to their greatest prosperity. The Spanish land grants were mostly commissions with only a few tarantulas. Mexican grants were very generous, as much as 50,000 acres. And so came the area of the great Ranchos which in 1835 numbered 50. Cattle increased greatly in highs reuse for trade. The Ranchero was something of a cavalier in manner and dress., And his horses were mounted with saddles trimmed and silver. The Adobe ranch houses were substantial and food was plain but plentiful. They love the life of the open spaces, and Marianne does’s worst sport to the capital arrows who rode many miles to these gatherings with their families in gay correct is drawn by oxen. And there was always the guitar and songs of the rancheros.