Historical Atlas of California

Historical Atlas of California

by Derek Hayes
     
 

Using nearly five hundred historical maps and many other illustrations—from rough sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of art—this lavishly illustrated volume is the first to tell the story of California's past from a unique visual perspective. Covering five hundred years of history, it offers a compelling and

Overview


Using nearly five hundred historical maps and many other illustrations—from rough sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of art—this lavishly illustrated volume is the first to tell the story of California's past from a unique visual perspective. Covering five hundred years of history, it offers a compelling and informative look at the transformation of the state from before European contact through the Gold Rush and up to the present. The maps are accompanied by a concise, engaging narrative and by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation. At once a valuable reference and an exhilarating adventure through history, the Historical Atlas of California, featuring many rare and unusual maps, will be a treasured addition to any library. Distilling an enormous amount of information into one volume, it presents a fascinating chronicle of how California came to be what it is today.

Copub: Douglas & McIntyre

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This opulent reference traces the history of California with nearly 500 period maps, which range from incunabula-era world diagrams that show no evidence of the Americas to topographical, NASA-captured satellite photos. Hayes (America Discovered) offers more than just the state's emergent political boundaries and geological elevations. He presents a fascinating, map-based chronicle of the region's legendary gold rush, the gradual domination of its railroads, the development of its diverse ethnic composition, its blazing urban cataclysms, and its role in World War II. While laudably information-dense, the text is also an appealing, highly enjoyable read.


—Staff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252585
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
222,015
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Derek Hayes is the author of Historical Atlas of the United States (UC Press), Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, and The Historical Atlas of the Arctic among other books.

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