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How Uncle Sam Manifested California’s Destiny

[CALIFORNIA]. UNITED STATES NAVY. Report from the Secretary of the Navy Communicating Copies of Commodore Stockton’s Despatches Relating to the Military and Naval Operations in California. February 16, 1849. [Washington, 1849]. [2], [1] 2-37 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (25 x 16 cm), recent pale blue-gray protective wrappers, plain white endpapers. Fine. Uncommon.

First edition (30th Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Document 31). Garrett & Goodwin, p. 317. Tutorow 1650.

Contains correspondence to and from Mason, Stockton, Pablo de la Guerra, José M. Flores, José Castro, Frémont, Andrés Pico, and others covering the conquest of California. The earliest correspondence is from September 18, 1846; the latest is January 11, 1847, and reports of the killed and wounded during the Battles of San Gabriel and La Mesa, which were the only significant actions that American troops saw during the whole campaign. This slender government report is a microcosm documenting the transition of California from Mexican territory to the U.S.


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