The Anza Trail, and the Settling of California, by Vladimir Guerrero

The Anza Trail, and the Settling of California, by Vladimir Guerrero
The Anza Trail, and the Settling of California, by Vladimir Guerrero
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New. Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New, unread book.

In 1774, just as the American colonies were getting ready to break away from the British crown, Spain sought to strengthen its hold on Alta California. The viceroy of New Spain ordered two expeditions to set out from what is now the Mexican/Arizona border and head toaward the California coast. The first would establish a route through previously unexplored territory - five undred miles of uncharted deserts, snow-capped sierra, and Indian land; the secodn would bring settlers along that route to found a Spanish colony on San Francisco Bay. 

The Anza Trail and the Settling of California records both large-scale epic history and intimate personal drama. With orignal translations, fresh commentary and fifteen new trail maps, it synthesizes firsthand documents and diaries from the expeditions to illuminate and bring to life this important but little-known chapter in the history of the Amercian West.

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