With its great diversity of landforms, California has an unparalleled range of climate, soils, and natural vegetation. All these influence where people live, what they do with the land, and what kind of communication and transportation they have. For this book a historian and a cartographer have collaborated to record these and other aspects of the Golden State’s geography and the events of its history. The narrative is illustrated with 101 excellent maps presenting information previously available only to the scholar or, in some cases, not available at all.
The maps cover all the physical characteristics of the state and also have substantial detail on the state’s flora and fauna. All phases of history, from the Indian era down to the present, are included.
Maps trace major faults and earthquakes, early Spanish explorations, Mexican land grants, mountain passes, and routes to the gold fields. The gold rush period, 1849–69, is mapped and explained, as well as the main stage coach roads and Wells Fargo offices. The reader can trace the route of the Pony Express, locate the great sheep and cattle ranches, and find the Butterfield overland mail route.
In addition, CCC camps, World War II installations, and the St. Francis Dam disaster are depicted and discussed. The authors have mapped the Santa Barbara oil spill, the major irrigation systems, the wildland fires, and even the political districts of the state. All these and many other topics from the present and the past offer fascinating reading.
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Warren A. Beck, Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, has been widely published in western American history. He is the coauthor of the much-praised Historical Atlas of California and Historical Atlas of New Mexico, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Ynez D. Haase, a professional cartographer who lived in Fillmore, California,was the coauthor of the much-praised Historical Atlas of California and Historical Atlas of New Mexico, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
“Historians, researchers, students and all others interested in the basic history of California now have a basic atlas of information to use as a guide. . . . [I]t is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in this beautiful state.”—Santa Barbara News Press
“An excellent supplemental text for a variety of courses as well as a good source of general reference for anyone interested in California history or geography.”—California Historical Quarterly
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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110806112115
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0806112115 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1340547
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0806112115