dutch ovenSwiss adventurer John Sutter built a large, walled trading post compound in the California wilderness, where his blacksmith forge, barrel-making and harness-making enterprises, crude grist mill, candle making room and various other shops

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church bellsWhile establishing the 21 California missions and attending to their growth and prosperity, Franciscan priests found time to teach the native Indians to play the lute, violin, trumpet, metal triangle, and to sing or chant Christ’s Mass in

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Father Juan Crespi, who accompanied Governor-of-the-Californias Gaspar de Portola on his search for Monterey Bay in 1769, celebrated the first Christmas in Alta California. The

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old santa Our English Puritan ancestors made it illegal to mention St. Nicolas’ name, light candles, or exchange gifts, practices customary in England since Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, and Dutch immigrants brought their legend

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Cosumnes River 2 Thomas Jefferson Shadden, his wife Martha, and their four children born in Arkansas, were among the Oregon-bound wagons of the 1842 immigration. The following year, the family joined a group of Oregon settlers who were led south into

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