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Sutters Own Story Erwin G. Gudde

Sutters Own Story

Erwin G. Gudde

Published March 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781406772906
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264 pages
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Slitters Own Story doubt if a more remarkable instance of indi vidual energy, perseverance and heroism, has ever been displayed under similar circumstances This unceremonious way of settling down in a strange country, and founding a sort ofMoreSlitters Own Story doubt if a more remarkable instance of indi vidual energy, perseverance and heroism, has ever been displayed under similar circumstances This unceremonious way of settling down in a strange country, and founding a sort of independent em pire on c one own hook 9, i one of those feats which will excite the astonishment of posterity. In times past 9 men have been deified on slighter growiid. JOSEPH W. RKVKRK, 1849, vw, v 5 t w t i, r 5 w, . ut n it M uf the City tit tt itltitrn 1 Slitters 1 OWN STORY t t General John Augustus Sutler t The Life of 4 and the History qf New Helvetia in the Sacramento Valley ILLUSTRATED t By t t ERWIN G. GUDDE t 4 4 ivew YorTc me Contents PAGE I. The Years in Europe 1 II. Over Land and Sea to Ycrba Buena 7 III. Arrival in California 21 IV. The Beginnings of New Helvetia 40 V. The Building of the Fort and the Purchase of the Russian Colonies 61 VI. Political Intrigue and Foreign Influx 82 VII. Alliance with Micheltorena 104 VIII. The Battle of Cahuenga and Its Sad Results 124 IX. On the Eve of the Mexican War 148 X. The American Conquest 166 XI. The Discovery of Gold 184 XII. The Argonaut Invasion 203 XIIL The Aftermath 216 XIV. Disappointment and Death 233 Authors Note 242 v Illustrations John Augustus Sutter Frontispiece FACING PAGE Gutters Birthplace in Kandern 14 Yerba Buena 15 Sutter in His Forties 48 Fort Ross 49 Mission Buena Ventura 49 Indian Dance 90 Fort Sutter 90 A Ride along the American River 91 Beginnings of Sutterville 91 Ruins of Sutter s Mill at Coloma 150 Hock-Farm 150 Fort Sutter after Its Restoration 151 Sutter as Major General 212 Sutter in His Later Life 218 Butters Last Resting Place 213 vii Maps 1. The Journey from St.Louis to Yerha Buena 23 2. California in Slitters Tinif 206 Sutters Own Story I The Years in Europe THE men of Seldwyla are unlike those of other Swiss towns, if we believe what Gottfried Keller, the Swiss poet, tells us about them in his charming stories. When they reach the middle of their thir ties, the age in which men of other communities begin to amount to something, they are played out and done for. The majority of them stay right in town, occupied with all sorts of trifling and boot less enterprises. But those few who can pluck up enough courage pack their bundles and seek their fortune in the wide world. One can find natives of Seldwyla in Paris and in Constantinople as well as en