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California History is a compiled California History directory for researchers, tourists, immigrants, students and teachers, and native Californians wanting to know more about California history. The site covers California geography, California geology, the Bear Flag Revolt, early explorers, California gold rush, literature; and authors such as Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jessamyn West; and more... This site is rich with resources about California.

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As many as 12,000 years ago there were ancient hunters in Northern California.1   They may have left the area due to climatic and or geologic changes during that era. Why they left is not well documented but there were definitely other prehistoric peoples in Northern California since that time. 2  The occupation of Northern California by fur traders and native American Indians preceded the history of the Mexican land grants and the subsequent arrival of the "Californios" 3. Old Napa Valley: The History to 1900 by Lin Weber has excellent chapters about the histories and cultures of early "Alta California" 3.

Before the Gold Rush of 1849, Northern California was called "Alta California" by the "Californios" from Mexico. The famous "Bear Flag Revolt" in Sonoma was actually started by several men from the Napa Valley. 3.

1Yolande Beard, The Wappo-A Report, self-published, St.Helena,CA,1977,p.1.
2Philip Kopper, The Smithsonian Book of North American Indians: Before the Coming of the Europeans,Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, 1986, pp. 187-199.
3Lin Weber, Old Napa Valley The History to 1900, Wine Ventures Publishing, St. Helena, California, 1998, ISBN 0-9667014-0-2.
Suggested Book: Californio Voices (Publisher's book site).


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California Indians (SDSU.Edu)
Early Explorers of the Pacific Northwest 
Spanish Explorers of Monterey Bay, 1602-1770
Early Exploration of San Diego, 1542-1769
A History of American Indians in California, PRE-1769
California Inter-Mountain Culture: California Indians
Early California Voyages
Early California History: An Overview
Fourth Grade Social Studies Curriculum Guide: Explorers to California
Early Explorers of California
The Land and People of Early California
Early Sonoma County, California Land Grants
General Mariano G. Vallejo, 1802-1890
General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
Photograph: General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma, California (1823)
California Missions Interactive Links
Early California Missions
Annotated Links to Websites Related to California Missions
A Mission Record of the California Indians, 1811; Published in 1908
History of the Russian Settlement at Fort Ross, California in the 19th Century
Fort Ross Quoatations
Presidio and Mission of San Diego
Early California Berryessa Family History
The California Grizzly Bear
The Bear Flag Revolt of 1846
Fremont and the Bear Flag Revolt
Early Exploration of the Eastern Sierra
The Donner Party Logs, 1846-1847
A Brief History of the Gold Rush
Towns and Cities of the Gold Rush
Sam Brannan Profile
Sam Brannan
Historical Accounts
Informative articles written by well-known, early-California explorers such as Clarence King, John Muir, John C. Freemont, Theodore Solomon, Snowshoe Thompson and a member of the Donner Party
"California As I Saw It"  First person narratives, 1849-1900
Early California History: Southern Californa before 1900
@LA Guide to Southern California History
CERES Directory of California History Links
Sources for Genealogy in the California History Section
History by Subject  Directory by the Museum of the City of San Francisco
Brief History of California Statehood
How California Came to Be Admitted
California's Capital Cities
Previous Capitals of California
Benecia History - The State Capitol
History of Southern California Forts
California State Parks - annotated for historical significance
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Lacryma Montis - General Vallejo's Home in Sonoma
Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma
Selected Famous People
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park in Napa Valley
History of Calistoga and Surrounding Area
Calistoga was frequently visited by Jack London who wrote of Calistoga in Silverado Squatters.
California Governors
Governors of California
Governors of California (includes history timeline)
Governors of California When California Belonged to Mexico
Military Governors of California
California History Sites for Elementary Education
California History.net (text-only version)
The Harloe links, for grades 1-6








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