"lotus eating" population--I have found this reference made a number of times--into the political turmoil of the 1830s, all provide a deep back story for this place I love and call home. The more I read, the more versions of the stories I see, the more intricate and complicated the world of business, society, and politics appears. I no longer see an Alvarado or Fremont Street and have no notion of where those names came from. There is a rich history here.
Dana's book, as well as the next one I read. California was once a very small world.
Next, I read Eldorado: Adventure in the Path of Empire (sorry, I forgot to take a photo) first published in 1849 by a journalist (and poet and travel writer) named Bayard Taylor. If you are interested in San Fransisco and/or Gold Rush history, this is a must-read. He chronicled some of the California Constitutional Convention (where Hartnell served as a translator). What he also does in this book is describe wonderfully the unspoiled California landscape, and comment on gold rush fever, justice, and human nature.
I have more California history books in my queue so, more to come. But next up, a fiction--a Booker Prize winner from 1978.