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HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA
Hubert Howe Bancroft was born in 1832 in Ohio and in 1852 he traveled to California. He opened a stationary and book store in San Francisco, which within a few short years grew into a publishing firm as well. He personally amassed a large collection of books for use in his plan to create a huge history with California as a primary object. He collected original documentation and particularly in California obtained through his assistants interview statements from many pioneers of California. His collection of books, journals, manuscripts, maps, and pictures transferred in 1905 to the University of California as the core of The Bancroft Library.
Between 1886 and 1890, Bancroft published the seven volume, History of California. To this day, Volume V. of the History[link] presents one of the most detailed accounts of the events, personalities, and details related to the Bear Flag Revolt in existence. It is a critical source for all those interested in the Bear Flag Revolt and its flag. While it is not correct in every detail and is opinionated in its view of the Bear Flag Revolt, it still is a very important resource document. While Volume V. is available at many, if not most, California libraries, and has been republished, often it is not easy to locate an economical copy for home, personal use. Over the years, the author of this introduction found Volume V.’s relative “unavailability” frustrating. It is with this in mind that the BFM takes pleasure in making Bancroft’s Bear Flag history readily available online in a copyright free version.
The relevant portion of Volume V of the History of California covering the 1846 to 1848 time period is available here on the BFM. Specifically, Chapters IV through VIII about the Bear flag Revolt are available here. A separate link to the Table of Contents and to each chapter of Bancroft’s History is provided to minimize the time for loading of the material which runs to a total of approximately 120 pages.
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February 24 , 2007
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