Michael C Meyer's and William L Sherman's The Course of Mexican History is one of the best general accounts of Mexican history and society.

Baja's most famous cave paintings are in the Sierra de San Francisco, but there are literally hundreds of other rockart sites - most of them rarely visited - throughout central Baja.

Traipsing around Baja you'll encounter an odd collage of historical sites alluding to the peninsula's peculiar past: English flour mills near San Quintín; pre-Columbian cave paintings in the Sierra de San Francisco; a French mining town on the Sea of Cortez; splendid stone missions plunked into the middle of nowhere; and businesses everywhere named after pirates.

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