Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) in the Spring of 1837. This is the first known print taken on the site ...
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Jesse Brown Cook Scrapbooks Documenting San Francisco History and Law Enforcement
BANC PIC 1996.003:Volume 16:54b--fALB
The Bancroft Library
Full titlehad been erected 55 years by the Spanish discoverers under Portola, and the residents were practically all Mexican with barely a few "whites" as they were called. At that time California was known as Alta California, and was still under the sway of a Spanish Governor, the Capital seat being Monterey, then the most important settlement in Northern California. Some half dozen Boston trading vessels visited this out of the way harbour annually. Rarely was any coin exchanged in this trade. The few Spanish inhabitants, all of them living about the presidio or the mission, bartered their tallow hides and other native products for coffee, tea, sugar, blankets, beads, knives and Yankee gewgaws. (Lithograph copyrighted July 31, 1867, by J. J. Du Prat. From a photo of the original in the possession of Phil B. Bekeart.)
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