A study of the furthest northern reach of the Spanish frontier, which
has served as a military post since its founding in 1776. Draws on
records left by presidio commanders, as well as letters and accounts
by foreigners, documenting the Spanish and Mexican rule of Alta
California and revealing perennial problems with underfunding and
lack of provisions, troops, and weapons. Describes conflicts with
local Indians, trade with Russia, duties of troops, and daily life.
Includes b&w photos and illustrations, and a list of commanders and
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