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Justinian Caire And Santa Cruz Island: The Rise And Fall Of A California Dynasty.

Chiles, Frederic Caire; Daily, Marla (foreword).

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ISBN 10: 0870624008 / ISBN 13: 9780870624001
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011
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240 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. CALIFORNIA. The saga of the family that controlled the storied island off the coast of the continental United States. This multifaceted account traces the island's history from its aboriginal Chumash population to its acquisition by The Nature Conservancy at the end of the twentieth century. The heart of the book, however, is a family saga: the story of French émigré Justinian Caire and his descendants, who owned and occupied the island for more than fifty years. The author, descended from Caire, uses family archives unavailable to earlier historians to recount the full, previously untold story. Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island opens with Caire's early life as a San Francisco businessman and his acquisition of Santa Cruz Island, where he created a ranching kingdom based on sheep, cattle, and wine. Frederic Caire Chiles examines the business practices of the Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island companies, documenting the island's economic ups and downs and the environmental impact of ranching in those days. Above all, he looks at the family's daily life on the island from the mid-nineteenth into the twentieth century. This epic contains tragic elements, as well. What began as a profitable ranch and an idyllic retreat ended in the family divided by bitter litigation and the forced sale of the island. Family diaries and letters enable Chiles to tell the story of an intensely private clan and its struggle to hold an island dynasty together. The history of Santa Cruz Island has never been told so thoroughly. Frederic Caire Chiles holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a freelance writer and the former managing director of Positive Image, Ltd., a marketing communications firm in England. Marla Daily is the President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. (Key Words: Justinian Caire, Santa Cruz Island, California Dynasty, Frederic Caire Chiles, Marla Daily, American West). Bookseller Inventory # 77574X1

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Title: Justinian Caire And Santa Cruz Island: The ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Book Type: book

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One of the fabled Channel Islands of Southern California, Santa Cruz was once the largest privately owned island off the coast of the continental United States. This multifaceted account traces the island's history from its aboriginal Chumash population to its acquisition by The Nature Conservancy at the end of the twentieth century. The heart of the book, however, is a family saga: the story of French ťmigrť Justinian Caire and his descendants, who owned and occupied the island for more than fifty years. The author, descended from Caire, uses family archives unavailable to earlier historians to recount the full, previously untold story.

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Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island opens with Caire's early life as a San Francisco businessman and his acquisition of Santa Cruz Island, where he created a ranching kingdom based on sheep, cattle, and wine. Frederic Caire Chiles examines the business practices of the Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island companies, documenting the island's economic ups and downs and the environmental impact of ranching in those days. Above all, he looks at the family's daily life on the island from the mid-nineteenth into the twentieth century.

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