Eldorado: Adventures in the Path of Empire

Eldorado: Adventures in the Path of Empire

by Bayard Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 1890771368

ISBN-13: 9781890771362

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Heyday Books

Bayard Taylor was among the thousands of young men who spilled into California in the tumultuous year 1849. He arrived not with pick and shovel but with pen and paper, dispatched by Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune to report on the madness, exuberance, and upheaval of the California gold rush. Traveling throughout the state, Taylor witnessed the explosive growth…  See more details below

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Bayard Taylor was among the thousands of young men who spilled into California in the tumultuous year 1849. He arrived not with pick and shovel but with pen and paper, dispatched by Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune to report on the madness, exuberance, and upheaval of the California gold rush. Traveling throughout the state, Taylor witnessed the explosive growth of San Francisco and the instantaneous creation of Sierra townships. He traversed the nearly deserted lands of the Spanish missions and attended the constitutional convention that set the boundaries and forged the laws for the new state. With wit, intelligence, curiosity, and engaging humor, Taylor chronicled the birth of modern California. He had found "the richest material in the world to work upon," and his account -- combining the skills of a gifted author with the freshness and immediacy of a reporter in the field -- is widely regarded as a classic of western literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890771362
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
California Legacy Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordxi
Author's Preface1
1.From New York to Chagres3
2.Crossing the Isthmus11
3.Scenes in Panama23
4.The Pacific Coast of Mexico27
5.The Coast of California35
6.First Impressions of San Francisco44
7.To the San Joaquin, on Muleback52
8.Camp-life, and a Ride to the Diggings63
9.The Diggings on Mokelumne River69
10.A Gallop to Stockton, with Some Words on Law and Society77
11.A Night Adventure in the Mountains85
12.San Francisco by Day and Night92
13.Incidents of a Walk to Monterey99
14.Life in Monterey110
15.The State Organization of California118
16.The Closing Scenes of the Convention129
17.Shore and Forest137
18.Old California--Its Missions and Its Lands145
19.Return to San Francisco156
20.San Francisco Again164
21.Sacramento River and City172
22.Traveling on the Plains183
23.Journey to the Volcano192
24.Election Scenes and Mining Characters202
25.The Rainy Season209
26.Night in Sacramento City218
27.The Overland Emigration of 1849225
28.The Italy of the West233
29.San Francisco Four Months Later240
30.Society in California247
31.Leaving San Francisco251
32.Mazatlan260
33.Travel in the Tierra Caliente266
34.The Ascent to the Tableland279
35.The Robber Region288
36.Three Days in Guadalajara297
37.In the Diligence to Guanajuato305
38.The Dividing Ridge312
39.Scenes in the Mexican Capital316
40.Mexican Politics and Political Men323
41.Rides to Chapultepec and Guadalupe330
42.The Base of Popocatepel336
43.Glimpses of Purgatory and Paradise342
44.Vera Cruz and San Juan d'Ulloa350
AppendixReport of Honorable T. Butler King353
Afterword399
Notes on the Annotations407
Author Biography411

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