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Finding Aid of the Lands of Bodega Letters C057721
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  • Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Title: Lands of Bodega Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: C057721
    Identifier/Call Number: 922
    Physical Description: 1 folder
    Date: 1843
    Abstract: The folder contains a letter in Spanish to the Prefect of the 1st District regarding lands solicited by Stephen Smith and Don Victor Prudon.
    Language of Material: English .

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    Access is unrestricted.

    Preferred Citation

    Lands of Bodega Letters, The Society of California Pioneers

    Scope and Contents

    The folder contains a letter in Spanish to the Prefect of the 1st District regarding lands solicited by Stephen Smith and Don Victor Prudon.

    Biographical / Historical

    Bodega Bay was discovered by Lt. Francisco de la Bodéga y Cuadro. The Russian American Company laid claim to part of the land around Bodega Bay, and Ivan Kuskov founded Romanzov, a settlement that grew wheat and hunted sea otter. In 1835, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo gave American sailors on the border of the Russian land in order to curtail Russian expansion. In 1841, the Russian land was sold to John A. Sutter, and Governor Micheltorena granted thousands of acres of Bodega land, including some of the former Russian land, to Stephen Smith. Smith created the Rancho Bodega.
    Bibliography: Hart, James D., ed. A Companion to California. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bodega Bay (Calif.)
    Land grants -- California.