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Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846 (California Legacy)by Rose Marie Beebe
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Western History. While the last 150 of California History, from the gold rush to the present, have been well researched and described in hundreds of books, the previous three centuries--from the first explorations of Baja California in 1533 to the Mexican-American War of 1846--are either ignored entirely or distorted by myth. LANDS OF PROMISE AND DESPAIR is a copious collection of reminiscences, reports, letters, and documents mostly by residents of early California, from the viewpoint of people who made their homes in it. This ambitious and accessible book, with maps, paintings, sketches, and early photographs, is sure to become a cornerstone in the study of California history.
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Taking the point of view of the Indians, settlers, missionaries, soldiers, and others who lived there, the editors offer letters, reports, reminiscences, and other documents that tell the inside story of California before the Gold Rush, from the time the Spanish arrived in the 1530s until the end of California's experience as a territory in the Mexican republic in the 1840s. Illustrated with b&w maps, portraits, sketches, and early photographs as well as seven color plates of drawings depicting plant and animal life made by an 18th-century Czech priest. Beebe and Senkewicz both teach at Santa Clara U.
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