John Forster was an Englishman who moved to Los Angeles in the 1830s, and become a Mexican citizen with substantial property.
This manuscript contains reminiscences of his experiences in California, with an emphasis on the battles between American
and Californio forces in Southern California during the Mexican War. Dictated to Thomas Savage.
Born in 1815, in Liverpool, England, John Forster grew up to become one of the largest landowners in all of California. At
the age of 17, Forster was working for his uncle, James Johnson, in Guaymas, Mexico. He became the captain of one of his uncle's
ships, and in 1836, became a Mexican citizen. Forster moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a shipping agent at San Pedro.
He was also Captain of the Port of San Pedro. In 1837 he married Dona Ysidora Pico, sister of Pio Pico, governor of California.
39 leaves : paper, 2 ports. ; 23 x 17 cm.
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