During the three hundred-plus years Spain claimed ownership of California by right of conquest, Spain’s official religion took a part in setting the state’s first southern boundary. Imperial Spain’s Nueva Espana (New Spain) was far-flung: it Continue reading The Original California-Mexico Border
Because it is the highest peak in the contiguous United States, scores of mountaineers have made it their goal to reach its 14,505-foot summit since its official discovery in 1864. But who was the first to stand on its lofty heights? Geologist Clarence Continue reading Mount Whitney
High in the mountain town of Weaverville, a charming young girl was bedazzled by a wily rogue, and planned to run away with him. Her father, anxious to save his daughter, spirited her to Shasta City where the two boarded a stage for the Continue reading A Thwarted Elopement
The gold discovery in January 1848 at Coloma, California, rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape with 15,000 people into a societal melting pot of burgeoning towns as prospectors came from all over the world to seek their fortunes. Continue reading Gold!
California got its name before anyone knew what or where it was. In 1510 author Garcia Ordonez de Montevaldo published The Sergas de Esplandian in Seville, Spain. The fantasy romance novel became wildly popular. One passage Continue reading Naming California