“The Successful Maintenance of Our Belligerent Rights”: The Mexican-American War in Los Angeles from a Report of the Secretary of the Navy, 6 December 1847

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's meeting of the Homestead's Fiction Book Club included a discussion of Winston Groom's Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847 detailing the remarkable march of Brigadier General Stephen Watts Kearny with his Army of the West in June 1846 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after receiving orders from Washington... Continue Reading →

On This Day: William Gambel, Teenage Naturalist on the Rowland and Workman Expedition of 1841

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today is the 178th anniversary of the Rowland and Workman Expedition's arrival into greater Los Angeles.  The party was composed of a remarkably diverse group of people, including emigrants from New Mexico to Mexican Alta California, travelers who went along on their way to somewhere else, and, in one markedly different... Continue Reading →

Military Governor Bennet Riley’s Visit to the California Gold Fields, Summer 1849, Part Three

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This third and final part of a post concludes the highlighting of a significant report, a copy of which is in the Homestead's collection, by California's military governor Bennet Riley, published on 30 August 1849.  It concerned his recent visit to the newly discovered gold fields and was included in an... Continue Reading →

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