Includes letters from Sutter, documents relating to property, and copy of inventory of Russian-American Company property at
Fort Ross and Bodega.
John Augustus Sutter, a colorful figure of Swiss parentage who came to the United States in 1834, first settled in Saint Louis,
where he operated as a trader on the Santa Fe Trail. Then in 1838, he left for the West via the Oregon Trail with detours
to Alaska and the Sandwich Islands before arriving in California in 1839. He obtained a land grant in what is now the Sacramento
area, building a fort/trading/trapping post at New Helvetia in 1841 and acquiring property from the Russians at Fort Ross.
The gold found in his property in 1848 led to his financial downfall. In 1849 he was one of the delegates to the state constitutional
convention. He lived with his family at Hock Farm from 1850 until 1864 when his homestead was burned. He spent his last years
in the east.
Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
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