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Alvarado, Juan Bautista

(Encyclopedia) Alvarado, Juan Bautista hwän boutēs´tä älvärä´ᵺō [key], 1809–82, governor of Alta California (1836–42), b. Monterey, Calif. Out of the chaotic times in the neglected Mexi...

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe

(Encyclopedia) Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807–90, Mexican-American political and military leader, b. Monterey, Calif. He entered the Mexican military in 1824 and was appointed to the territorial legislatu...

Frémont, John Charles

(Encyclopedia) Frémont, John Charles, 1813–90, American explorer, soldier, and political leader, b. Savannah, Ga. He taught mathematics to U.S. naval cadets, then became an assistant on a surveying expedit...

California Overview

(Encyclopedia) California kăl˝ĭfôr´nyə [key], most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), ...