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Author Osborne, Thomas J., 1942-

Title Pacific Eldorado : a history of greater California / Thomas J. Osborne
Published Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 412 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1: Beginnings: From Fire and Ice to Indian Homeland; Timeline; Landforms; Climates; Plants and Animals; First Peoples and Their New Homeland; Tribal and Linguistic Groupings; Material Culture; Religion and Social Practices; Pacific Profile: Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber; The Chumash: Pacific Coast Mariners and Traders; Other Possible Early Voyagers to California; Summary; Review Questions; Further Readings; 2: Spain's Greater California Coast; Timeline; A Name, a Dream, a Land
Cabrillo's Coastal ReconnaissanceGlobalization Begins: The Manila Galleon Trade; Drake, Nova Albion, and Cermeño; The Spanish Pacific, Vizcaíno, and Monterey; Colonizing California: Missions, Indians, and the Sea; Ranchos, Presidios, and Pueblos; Gender and Sexuality in a Frontier Society; Pacific Profile: Alejandro Malaspina, Mariner-Explorer; The Transpacific Fur Trade; Hippolyte de Bouchard's Pirate Raids; Summary; Review Questions; Further Readings; 3: A Globally Connected Mexican Province; Timeline; Mexico's Misrule of California; Secularization of the Missions
Hides, Tallow, and Rancho SocietyFur Trappers; Early Settlers and Overland Emigrants; Pacific Profile: Alpheus B. Thompson, China Trader; "Thar She Blows:" New England Whalers; The Charles Wilkes Pacific Expedition; Summary; Review Questions; Further Readings; 4: War and Gold: America's West Coast Eldorado; Timeline; California and the Pacific Squadron; Jumping the Gun at Monterey; Polk, the Pacific, and the Outbreak of War; California and the Mexican War; Gold, Ships, and Wagon Trains; Pacific Profile: William H. Aspinwall, President of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; The World Rushed In
Life in the DiggingsThe Gold Rush's International Economic Impacts; Summary; Review Questions; Further Readings; 5: National Crisis, Statehood, and Social Change; Timeline; A Constitution, a Legislature, a State; Land Disputes and Independence Movements; Vigilance Committees and Untamed Politicians; Pacific Filibusterers; California, the Pacific, and the Civil War; Ocean Crossings: The Chinese on Sea and Land; Pacific Profile: Norman Asing, Chinese American Restaurateur; Californios and Other Spanish-Speakers; Indians: A People under Siege; African Americans: Up from Bondage; Summary
Review QuestionsFurther Readings; 6: Pacific-Bound Rails, Hard Times, and Chinese Exclusion; Timeline; A Transcontinental Railroad, California, and Pacific Commerce; Theodore Judah, the Big Four, and the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862; Chinese Laborers and the Push Eastward; The Southern Pacific Railroad and the American West; Pacific Profile: Seafaring Journalist Charles Nordhoff; Transpacific Steamers; Depression and the Anti-Chinese Movement; The Constitution of 1879; Halting Chinese Immigration; Summary; Review Questions; Further Readings; 7: Eldorado's Economic and Cultural Growth
Summary "Osborne's work is the first history text to explore the sweep of California's past in relationship to its connections within the maritime world of the Pacific Basin"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Commerce.
HISTORY -- United States -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
International relations.
California -- Commerce.
California -- History, Naval
California -- History.
California -- Relations -- Pacific Area
Pacific Area -- Commerce -- California
Pacific Area -- Relations -- California
Pacific Area.
Genre/Form History.
Naval history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1118292162