History of Contra Costa County, California

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 580 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MEXICAN GRANTS. Bancho Monte del Diablo--Bancho Laguna de Palos Oolorados--Bancho San Pablo--Bancho Arroyo de las Nueoas y Bolbones-- Bancho Medanos--El Sobrante--Bancho Los Meganos--Bancho Acalanes--Canada de los Vaqueros--Las Juntas--Bancho San Bamon-- Canada del Hambre--Las Bolsas del Hambre--Pinole--Boca de Canada del Pinole. The subject of the tenure of land in California is one which is so little understood, that it has been deemed best to quote at length the following report on the subject of land titles in California, made in pursuance of instructions from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Interior, by William Carey Jones, published in Washington in the year 1850--a more exhaustive document it would be difficult to find. On July 12, 1849, Mr. Jones had been appointed a "confidential agent of the Government, to proceed to Mexico and California, for the purpose of procuring information as to the condition of land titles in California." Pursuant to these instructions he embarked from New York on the 17th July; arriving at Chagres on the 29th, he at once proceeded to Panama, but got no opportunity, until that day month, of proceeding on his journey to this State. At length, on September 19th, he arrived at Monterey, the then capital of California. After visiting San Josd and San Francisco, he returned to Monterey, and there made arrangements for going by land to Los Angeles and San Diego, but finding this scheme impracticable on account of the rainy season, he made the voyage by steamer. On December 7th he left San Diego for Acapulco in Mexico, where he arrived on the 24th; on the llth he left that city, and on the 18th embarked from Vera Cruz for Mobile. We now commence his report, believing that so able a document will prove of interest to th...

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