Early History - The Mexican Ranchos
In 1821 Mexico became independent from Spain and ruled this area until 1846. Portions of Alta California were divided into Land Grants and "sold" for very small fees to interested Mexican citizens. There were three Land Grants in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are: Rancho Carbonera, Rancho Zayante and Rancho Rincon. These Ranchos signaled the beginning of European settlement in the area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.