Monterey in 1786, Life in a California Mission, the journals of Jean Francois de La Perouse

Monterey in 1786, Life in a California Mission, the journals of Jean Francois de La Perouse
Monterey in 1786, Life in a California Mission, the journals of Jean Francois de La Perouse Monterey in 1786, Life in a California Mission, the journals of Jean Francois de La Perouse
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Used. Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA, 1989. Paperback. Condition: Fine, like new.

Introduction and Commentary by Malcolm Margolin. Illustrations by Linda Gonsalves Yamane.

This is a California Studies book. On the afternoon of September 14, 1786, two French ships appeared off the coast of Monterey, the first foreign vessels to visit Spain's California colonies. Aboard was a party of eminent scientists, navigators, cartographers, illustrators, and physicians. For the next ten days the expedition s commander, Jean Francois de la Perouse, took detailed notes on the life and character of the area: its abundant wildlife, the labors of soldiers and monks, and the customs of Indians recently drawn into the mission. These observations provide a startling portrayal of California two centuries ago. 

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