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Description - A Voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands, and Around the World in the Years 1826Â 1829 by Auguste Duhaut-Cilly

While French sea captain Auguste Duhaut-Cilly may not have become wealthy from his around-the-world travels between 1826 and 1829, his trip has enriched historians interested in early 19th-century California. Because of a poor choice in goods to trade he found it necessary to spend nearly two years on the Alta and Baja California coasts before disposing of his cargo and returning to France. However, he did record his impressions of the region's natural history and human populations in a diary. This translation of Duhaut-Cilly's writing offers modern readers an eyewitness account of the pastoral society that was Mexican California, including the missions at the height of their power. A veteran of the Napoleonic wars, Duhaut-Cilly was an educated man conversant in Spanish and English. He was also Catholic, which gave him special access to the California missions. Thus his diary allows the reader an insider's view of the padres' lives, including their dealings with the miltary. Through his eyes we see the region's indigenous people and how they were treated, and we're privy to his commentary on the behaviour of the Californios.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520217522
ISBN-10: 0520217527
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 14-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Auguste Duhaut-Cilly

Auguste Duhaut-Cilly was a nineteenth-century trader and explorer. August Fruge is the former Director of the University of California Press and author of A Skeptic among Scholars (California, 1993). Neal Harlow is the author of