The book covers the earliest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) settlers in early California. It covers their role in the Bear Flag Revolt, June 14, 1846, which took California from the Mexican Government. This also gave CaliforniaMoreThe book covers the earliest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) settlers in early California.
It covers their role in the Bear Flag Revolt, June 14, 1846, which took California from the Mexican Government. This also gave California their Bear Flag a modification of which is still used as the state flag today. It also covers the Ship Brooklyn with Sam Brannan which sailed from New York harbor with 240 Mormon settlers and arrived in Yerba Buena harbor (later San Francisco)to be the first U.S.
settlers there under U.S. rule. They started the first school, first newspaper, first bank, etc. It was the longest continuous sea journey of any religious outcasts (24,000 miles and 178 days). There is a large section on the Mormon Battalion which was organized July 16,1846 at the request of the U.S. Government to join the fight in the war with Mexico. They made the longest military march in U.S.
history, arriving in San Diego in January 1847. Upon their dischage, they stopped at New Helvetia (later Sacramento) and some were hired to build the Sutter Sawmill in Coloma. It covers their involvement in the discovery of gold there and the California gold rush of 1849 that followed. It covers many of the gold site locations and activities.
When the group left the state to join their families, who had by then settled in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, they blazed the Mormon Emigrant Trail which was used 6 months later as the wagon freeway to the gold rush. The book covers early Mormon families who settled in the area and covers contributions made to the area by various Mormons during the 150 years. The book also contains a 19 color fold-out copy of the 1846 S.Augustus Mitchell Map of the West, which was used by Brigham Young to bring the LDS pioneers to the west.
The book also contains over 300 photos and maps.