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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: Old California Reply with quote

WHEN California is under discussion, it rarely occurs to the man-in-the-street that the area known by that talismanic name in the Spanish period covered what is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and a part of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Over this vast empire, Monterey was the capital, from 1776 to the end of 1849. And for a considerable period, over Baja California as well.

The present boundaries of California were arrived at during the Constitutional Convention at Monterey in 1849. At the same convention (in Colton Hall) Monterey was dethroned as capital of the province, San Jose winning the honor—though short-lived, for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo had conceived grandiloquent plans for a metropolis at Benicia; and massing his political power, succeeded in wresting the honors from San Jose. And the capitol that the old pueblo had proudly built on the Old Plaza—on credit, incidentally—became a lasting liability, to harass and annoy the guarantors over a long period of time.

After nervous movements between Benicia, Vallejo and Sacramento, each striving against the other with blandishments—bibulous, as well as architectural and economic—the capital, so long on wheels, finally came to a stop at the old stamping-ground of Captain Sutter, on the banks of the muddy Sacramento.
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