The Nation: Beyond the Wilderness

It is customary for Americans to think of this continent mainly in terms of the Atlantic settlements and the wilderness to the west, but another process of settlement is also taking place on the distant coast of the Pacific. Just the week before last, a weary band of 193 Spanish colonists and their families arrived at a large bay on the coast and pitched their tents. This sixth and northernmost Spanish installation in Upper California is on what the Spaniards have named the Bay of San Francisco.

The colonists, who come from earlier...

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