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The author, who arrived in Alta California in 1831, wrote about his extended experience as it related to the manners and customs of the people, their methods of trade, of social and political history of the Mexican government and of its successor, the Territory and then State of California, The book covers 60 years of history of events and life in California; the personal, political and military, under the Mexican Regime, during the quasi-military government of the Territory by the United States, and after the Admission of California into the Union. While the 63 chapters cover a broad and detailed history of California, the author intersperses factual information with personal observations. Davis included some statistics concerning livestock and produce of the ranchos and missions.
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"1889 - Sixty Years in California, William Heath Davis" (2019). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 94.