John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier
In the history of the American frontier, John Sutter (1803?1880) looms large. A Swiss expatriate who attempted to create a personal empire in California’s Sacramento Valley, he founded New Helvetia, a cosmopolitan settlement whose economy depended on Indian slaves and free laborers. New Helvetia drew overland immigrants to California in the 1840s and then?after gold was discovered by Sutter’s employees?a flood of fortune seekers. Sutter was poised to become one of the richest men in the West, but rapacious settlers and his own poor business sense sent his dreams crashing.
Specifications of John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier
|Author||Dr. Albert L. Hurtado Ph.D|
|Publisher||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Number Of Pages||412|
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