A Voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands, and Around the World in the Years 1826–1829

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University of California Press, Apr 15, 1999 - History - 284 pages
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While French sea captain Auguste Duhaut-Cilly may not have become wealthy from his around-the-world travels between 1826 and 1829, his trip has enriched historians interested in early nineteenth-century California. Because of a poor choice in goods to trade he found it necessary to spend nearly two years on the Alta and Baja California coasts before disposing of his cargo and returning to France. What was bad luck for Duhaut-Cilly was good luck for us, however, because he recorded his impressions of the region's natural history and human populations in a diary. This translation of Duhaut-Cilly's writing offers today's readers a rare eyewitness account of the pastoral society that was Mexican California, including the missions at the height of their power.

A veteran of the Napoleonic wars, Duhaut-Cilly was an educated man conversant in Spanish and English. He was also Catholic, which gave him special access to the California missions. Thus his diary allows the reader an insider's view of the padres' lives, including their dealings with the military. Through his eyes we see the region's indigenous people and how they were treated, and we're privy to his commentary on the behavior of the Californios.

This translation also contains Duhaut-Cilly's account of the Sandwich Islands portion of his voyage and provides an authentic rendering of life at sea during the early nineteenth century. In the spirit of Richard Henry Dana's Two Years before the Mast, Duhaut-Cilly's reflections are a historical gem for anyone with a love of personal narratives and original accounts of the past.
 

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Contents

AROUND THE HORN TO THE CALIFORNIAS¹
IN AND AROUND SAN JOSE DEL CABO¹
SAN JOSE AND REAL SAN ANTONIO¹
1
MAZATLÁN AND CABO SAN LUCAS¹
9
SAN FRANCISCO IN 1827¹
19
SAN FRANCISCO TO MONTEREY WITH BEARS
27
SANTA BARBARA AND SAN PEDRO
44
INDIAN CAPTIVES SAN DIEGO MAZATLÁN
61
SAN FRANCISCO SOLANO
103
THE PUEBLO OF LOS ANGELES MISSION SAN GABRIEL
112
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE CALIFORNIAS i
122
GENERAL DESCRIPTION II TRIP TO PERU
137
THE RUSSIANS AT ROSS EXPULSION OF THE SPANIARDS FROM CALIFORNIA
149
THE AFFAIR OF THE FRANKLIN FIRS DAYS IN THE SANDWICH ISLANDS
164
MISSIONARIES AND ISLANDERS
181
CHINA AND THE WAY HOME¹
201

A VISIT TO SAN LUIS REY
78
A VISIT TO SANTA CLARA SAN JOSÉ
95

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About the author (1999)

Auguste Duhaut-Cilly was a nineteenth-century trader and explorer. August Frugé is the former Director of the University of California Press and author of A Skeptic among Scholars (California, 1993). Neal Harlow is the author of (California, 1982).

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