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
Copyright 1966 by Spencer Murray. Illustrated with original sketches by J. Ross Browne and photographs by the publisher, Spencer Murray, except where noted.
Captions under the above images: Left: Ritchie’s house was located on the sandhill behind the beach at Cabo San Lucas Bay. The town was later entered around the site, but the vicious hurricane of 1941 forced it relocation a mile inland. Today on the spot stands the beautiful Hacienda Cabo San Lucas. a report catering primarily to fly-in visitors who land their planes on the hotel’s airstrip. Right: From Browne’s description of the Continental’s anchorage we can assume is rode on its ground tackle in the centre of this photograph. Guests of the new Hacienda enjoy this view of the bay and the cape beyond from the upstairs veranda. Browne imagined the bay a major sea-traffic stopping place, but it has not yet come to pass.