Using nearly five hundred historical maps and many other illustrationsfrom rough sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of artthis 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 & Mc
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 12.50(h) x 1.08(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
A Visual CaliforniaThe First CaliforniansNotions of a Western ShoreOf Gold and GalleonsThe First New EnglandOn the Right Hand of the IndiesSpain Moves NorthExploring an Unknown
InteriorRussian CaliforniaMexican CaliforniaWest to CaliforniaAmerican CaliforniaThe Gold RushThe State of CaliforniaThe United States Coast SurveySearching for a Railroad PathBuilding the Transcontinental RailroadThe Southern PacificA Geological SurveyWater, Wine, and OrangesThe Rise of Urban California Los Angeles The San Francisco Bay Area San Diego Sacramento Other CitiesRails for GrowthThe Burning of San FranciscoWildness for the PeopleBringing Water to the CitiesFrom Bike Paths to FreewaysPower for a New EconomyOf Airports and AirlinesBoom and BustA West Coast DefendedMoving and ShakingCatalog of MapsBibliography