AUTHOR’S PREFACE: If when writing the closing chapter of this volume I could have looked ahead, reading in the future that a year and a half must intervene before final revision, such prospective delay would have been almost incomprehensible to me. And yet you who peruse these pages may smilingly understand how their author might turn abruptly from conventional life, seeking anew the fascination of the frontier.
Antonio María Osio’s La Historia de Alta California was the first written history of upper California during the era of Mexican rule, and this is its first complete English translation.
A Mexican-Californian, government official, and the landowner of Angel Island and Point Reyes, Osio writes colorfully of life in old Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and gives a first-hand account of the political intrigues of the 1830s that led to the appointment of Juan Bautista Alvarado as governor. – jat collection
By: Sunset Editorial Staff with Ken and Caroline Bates
Published by: Lane Books, Menlo Park, California. 1971 Edition. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 72-140160. Size 10.75″ x 8.25″
Chapters cover The North Region (Tijuana, Ensenada, San Felipe), The Central Desert and Gulf Coast (San Ignacio, Santa Rosalia, Mulege, Loreto), Southward to the Cape (La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo). The text is accompanied by maps and black and white photographs.
Photo on the pages below show the shipwrecked Japanese freighter off the coast of what is today called Shipwreck Beach.