The Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Southern California, 1850-1880 / Edition 1

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The Cattle on a Thousand Hills describes Southern California in its transition from a cattle frontier of Mexican rule and culture to an agricultural American community on the eve of great industrial and urban expansion. But the book has wider interest than purely local history: it is a significant chapter in the history of America itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873280976
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2005
  • Series: Huntington Library Classics Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Glass Cleland (1885-1957) was Professor of History at Occidental College and the author and editor of numerous books on the history of California and Mexico.

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Table of Contents

I The land concessions of 1784 3
II The era of the Ranchos 19
III The land act and its aftermath 33
IV Life on the Ranchos 51
V Society in flux 75
VI The rise and collapse of the cattle boom 102
VII Taxes, drought, and epidemic 117
VIII Minor economic enterprises 138
IX The genesis of a new social and economic order 160
X Abel Stearns : the personification of an age 184
XI The end of a decade and an era 208
App. I Grant of the Rancho Ensenada de Todos Santos 235
App. II Petition of the California Landowners 238
App. III Crime and justice on the frontier 244
App. IV Massacre on the Colorado 264
App. V An interview with the noted bandit, Tiburcio Vasquez 274
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