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California, Mexican Governors of Alta California, Californians
Hittell devotes the first portion of Volume 2 to the Mexican Governors of California including Pablo Vicente de Sola, Luis Antonio Arguello, Jose Maria de Echeandia, Manuel Victoria, Pio Pico, Jose Figueroa, Mariano Chico, Nicolas Gutierrez. Juan Bautista Alvarado, Jose Manuel Micheltorena, Hittell also describes the people and circumstances leading up to the war between the United States and Mexico: John C. Fremont, Bear Flag Revolution, Texas Revolution, and Florida Treaty. The final portion of Hittell's book addressed the social and cultural aspects of life in Alta California, missionaries, physical geography, geology, botany and zoology of Alta California, Americans in Alta California, Commodore Sloat, Eugene McNamara, Robert F. Stockton, Stephen W. Kearny, Richard B. Mason, gold discovery, Bennet Riley, land titles, September 1, 1849 California Constitutional Convention, organization of the State of California, first State of California Legislature, and admission of California into the Union,
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"1885 - History of California, Volume 2, Theodore Henry Hittell" (2019). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 96.