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Monterey County Bookstore: History

Native American to Spanish Missions | Mexican Era | 1850 to 1910 | 20th Century

1850 to 1910 [ Return to Main Bookstore » ]



The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californias, 1846-1890
by Leonard Pitt, Ramon A. Gutierrez (1999)
Two Years Before the Mast
by Richard Henry Dana
Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region
by Sandy Lydon (1985)
Presidio of Monterey (Images of America)
by Harold E. Raugh Jr. (2004)


This enduring study of Spanish-speaking Californians, Pitt charts one of the state's earliest chapters of ethnic history, shedding light on debates and tensions that continue to today.


R. H. Dana's stirring first-person narrative of life aboard a clipper ship sailing around Cape Horn in the late 1830s is still a classic; his descriptions of Mexican California include Monterey and San Francisco.


This book and its companion volume, The Japanese in the Monterey Bay Region, explore the little-known but vital presence of Asian people in the Central Coast, including their influential fishing and canning operations.


The Presidio of Monterey bears a Spanish-era name but was otherwise a creation of the U.S. military after the seizure of Monterey in 1846. This vintage-photo book traces it from Fort Mervine to its current role as home to the Defense Languages Institute.