Synopses & Reviews
With its great diversity of landforms, California has an unparalleled range of climate, soils, and natural vegetation. All these influence where man lives, what he does with the land, and what kind of communication and transportation he has. In this book a historian and a cartographer have collaborated to record these and other aspects of the Golden State's geography and events of its history. The narrative is illustrated by 101 excellent maps presenting information previously available only to the scholar, and in some cases not available at all.
The maps cover all of the physical characteristics of the state and also have substantial detail on the flora and fauna. All phases of history, from the Indian era down to the present, are included.
There are maps of major faults and earthquakes, early Spanish explorations, Mexican land grants, mountain passes, and routes to the gold fields. The gold rush period, 1849-69, is mapped and explained, as well as the main stage coach roads and Wells Fargo offices. The reader can trace the route of the Pony Express, locate the great sheep and cattle ranches, and find the Butterfield overland mail route.
CCC camps, World War II installations, and the St. Francis Dam disaster are depicted and discussed. The authors have mapped the Santa Barbara oil spill, the major irrigation systems, the wild land fires, and even the political districts of the state. All these and many other topics from the present and the past are fascinating reading.
Extensive documentation and pertinent detail make this atlas a valuable aid to historians. Its fluent style and simplicity of language make it an excellent reference for the student and the scholar.
"Historians, researchers, students and all others interested in the basic history of California now have a basic atlas of information to use as a guide....It is a 'must' for anyone interested in this beautiful state." Santa Barbara News Press
"A needed addition to the field of historical geography and will be especially welcomed by high school and college librarians." Booklist
"An excellent supplemental text for a variety of courses as well as a good source of general reference for anyone interested in California history or geography." California Historical Quarterly
With its great diversity of landforms, California has an unparalleled range of climate, soils, and natural vegetation. All these influence where people live, what they do with the land, and what kind of communication and transportation they have. For this book a historian and a cartographer have collaborated to record these and other aspects of the Golden Stateandrsquo;s geography and the events of its history. The narrative is illustrated with 101 excellent maps presenting information previously available only to the scholar or, in some cases, not available at all.
About the Author
Warren A. Beck was Professor of History in California State College at Fullerton.
Ynez D. Haase is a professional geographer and cartographer in Santa Barbara, California.