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HARLAN HAGUE. Road to California: The Search for a Southern Overland Route, 1540-1848

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HARLAN HAGUE. Road to California: The Search for a Southern Overland Route, 1540-1848. Graycatbird. 313 pages; soft cover, $14.25, e-book, $3.99, harlanhague.us.

California, the legendary Terrestrial Paradise, was a magnet for generations of people seeking the good life, beginning in the mid-sixteenth century. When the sea voyage proved too uncertain, a land route was sought. For the first time, Road to California brings together the story of the search for an overland route to California by Spaniards, Mexicans and Americans. The book also tells about the response of Native Americans to the invasion of their lands.