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California

(Encyclopedia) California klfôr´ny, 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), and…

Baja California

(Encyclopedia) Baja California Span.: bä´hä kälfr´nyä, state (1990 pop. 1,660,855), 27,628 sq mi (71,576 sq km), NW Mexico, on the Baja California peninsula. Mexicali is the capital. A rapidly…

Baja California

(Encyclopedia) Baja CaliforniaSpan.: bä´hä kälfr´nyä or Lower California, peninsula, c.760 mi (1,220 km) long and from 30 to 150 mi (48–241 km) wide, NW Mexico, separating the Gulf of California…

Alta California

(Encyclopedia) Alta California äl´t klfôr´ny, term used by the Spanish to refer to their possessions along the entire Pacific coast north of the Mexican state of Baja California. California was…

California State University System

(Encyclopedia) California State University System, coordinating agency established in 1960 by the merger of individual California state colleges, now consisting of 23 campuses. It constitutes one of…

gold rush

(Encyclopedia) gold rush, influx of prospectors, merchants, adventurers, and others to newly discovered gold fields. One of the most famous of these stampedes in pursuit of riches was the California…

Garey, Thomas Andrew

(Encyclopedia) Garey, Thomas Andrew, 1830–1909, American pioneer in citrus culture, b. Cincinnati. He traveled from Iowa to California by ox team (1849–52). In 1865 he built a citrus nursery on land…