Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849-1850

Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849-1850

Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849-1850

Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849-1850

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This is the story of the companies of adventurers who left Massachusetts for California to acquire wealth and assist in building a new state in a distant and, to them, unknown country. It tells of their passage by sea, of their hard experiences off the Horn and in the gloomy Strait of Magellan, of their life on shipboard and the joyous interlude of visits to South American cities for water and provisions. It tells of their passage overland at a time when the buffalo still roamed the plain and hostile Indians hovered about their camps. It tells of their strange experiences after arrival in California and their good and bad fortune at the diggings. I have prepared this story largely from the records left by the Argonauts themselves, from their private letters, their log books and the minutes and journals of their companies, none of which have yet been published and most of which are in private possession. I have also consulted the libraries and newspapers of California and every Massachusetts newspaper of importance whose files of 1849 have been preserved. To those who have aided me by placing valuable material at my disposal and to those who have given equally valuable advice and encouragement, I am deeply grateful.

O. T. HOWE.

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