A History of California: The Spanish Period

A History of California: The Spanish Period

A History of California: The Spanish Period

A History of California: The Spanish Period

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This is the third volume of the writer which is the direct result of his enjoyment during two years of a Native Sons of the Golden West Traveling Fellowship, which enabled him to make researches in Spain. The writer's first thought, therefore, in publishing this volume is to express his gratitude to the patriotic Californian order which has made it possible.

The other two works by the writer on the history of California were directed primarily to the history profession; one (The Founding of Spanish California) was an intensively documented monograph, and the other (Catalogue of Materials in the Archivo General de Indias) a technical manuscript guide. These two he is endeavoring in the present work to bring to their logical conclusion -- the ultimate aim, indeed, of all historical scholarship -- by publishing what he hopes may be accepted as an authoritative popular history. Since it is intended for the general public, this volume omits much of the professional paraphernalia, and does not hesitate to give space to interesting incident. As to its authoritativeness it is at any rate the product of thirteen years' investigation of Spanish Californian history, involving the use of thousands of hitherto unknown manuscripts, as well as important printed materials not previously digested or assimilated.

Two outstanding reasons exist for the publication of this volume. In the first place, it presents a vast amount of new material, some portions of which have never before appeared in print, while others were not known, or not utilized, by the general historians of the state. Secondly, an attempt is made to place the history of California in its proper perspective in relation to that of North America as . . .

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