Calling California Home: A Lively Look at What It Means to Be a Californian

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Council Oak Books, 1999 - Počet stran: 276
California represents something curious and remarkable located out at the furthest edge of the New World - where the sun always shines and anything is possible." So says Heather Waite in this thoroughly delightful second offering in the Calling It Home series.
With an eye for telling detail and a sense of humor, Waite surveys California from prehistory to the present, revealing the origins, attitudes, quirks, curiosities, and little-known facts that make residents of the Golden State unique.

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Where We Came From
Where We Live
Our Work Ethic
California Cuisine
How We Have Fun
Arts and Education
The Final Words
The Californian Bill of Rights
About the Author
About the Press
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Strana 8 - By California was implied insularity coupled with riches. "Know tlmt on the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California, very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise; and it was peopled by black women, without any man among them, for they lived in the fashion of Amazons. They were of strong and hardy bodies, of ardent courage and great force. Their island was the strongest in all the world, with its steep cliffs and rock shores.
Strana 13 - The accounts of the abundance of gold in that territory are of such an extraordinary character as would scarcely command belief were they not corroborated by the authentic reports of officers in the public service who have visited the mineral district and derived the facts which they detail from personal observation.
Strana 12 - ... house for me caught the moving infection. Husband and wife were both packing up; the blacksmith dropped his hammer, the carpenter his plane, the mason his trowel, the farmer his sickle, the baker his loaf, and the tapster his bottle. All were off for the mines, some on horses, some on carts, and some on crutches, and one went in a litter. An American woman, who had recently established a boarding house here, pulled up stakes, and was off before her lodgers had even time to pay their bills.
Strana 12 - One morning in January— it was a clear, cold morning: I shall never forget that morning— as I was taking my usual walk along the race after shutting off the water, my eye was caught with the glimpse of something shining in the bottom of the ditch. There was about a foot of water running then. I reached my hand down and picked it up; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold. The piece was about half the size and of the shape of a pea. Then I saw another piece in the water.
Strana 8 - In this island, called California, there were many griffins, on account of the great ruggedness of the country, and its infinite host of wild beasts, such as never were seen in any other part of the world. And when these griffins were yet small, the women went out with traps to take them. They covered themselves over with very thick hides, and when they had caught the little griffins they took them to their caves, and brought them up there. And being themselves quite a match for the griffins, they...

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