Pablo de la Guerra: A cross-cultural titan
Santa Barbara's tree-lined coastline, islands looming on the horizon, blue waters lapping gently on wide, sandy beaches, bears little resemblance to the Santa Barbara of 1819, when Pablo De la Guerra was born. The islands were there, but Santa Barbara was barren, an occasional copse of oaks in the foothills, certainly not the verdant oasis it is today. Pablo, the third son of Captain José Antonio de la Guerra, was born under the crimson and gold flag of Spain. Fifteen months later, the New Spain viceroy surrendered to Emperor Iturbide, and Mexico was born. At age nine, Pablo went to Mexico City to attend a small, private boys' school. He did not get a friendly reception. Fresh on the heels of the insurrection against Spain, Mexico City was hostile to anyone of Spanish descent, and the de la Guerras were proud of their Spanish heritage. A year later, Pablo was back in Santa Barbara.