QUEEN CALIFIA

California's Black Lesbian connection

Queen CalifiaMexico named California after a fictional Black woman known as Queen Califia who ruled over the island of California. In 1510 Spanish author Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, in the novel “Las Sergas de Esplandian” (The Adventures of Esplandian), wrote of the Island of California peopled - solely by Black women.

“ Know that on the right hand from the Indies exists an island called California very close to Earthly Paradise; and it was populated by black women, without any man existing there, because they lived in the way of the Amazons. They had beautiful and robust bodies, and were brave and very strong. Their island was the strongest of the World, with its cliffs and rocky shores. Their weapons were golden and so were the harnesses of the wild beasts that they were accustomed to domesticate and ride, because there was no other metal in the island than gold.”

– Las Sergas de Esplandián, (novela de caballería)

by García Ordóñez de Montalvo.
Published in Seville in 1510.

Photo:State of California