The gold discovery in January 1848 at Coloma, California, rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape with 15,000 people into a societal melting pot of burgeoning towns as prospectors came from all over the world to seek their fortunes.
California got its name before anyone knew what or where it was. In 1510 author Garcia Ordonez de Montevaldo published The Sergas de Esplandian in Seville, Spain. The fantasy romance novel became wildly popular. One passage
She remains the tragic heroine of the infamous, ill-fated Donner Party—the woman who refused to save herself to stay with a husband whose imminent death was certain. Born in Massachusetts, Tamsen was about 38 years old—cultured,
According to one account the “Belle of St. Louis,” teenaged Fanny White came to California in a covered wagon with her family during the gold rush, accompanied all the way by an ardent, and determined, suitor named Edward J. C. Kewen.