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  • Count Agoston Haraszthy ("Father of California Viticulture") (1812 - 1869)
    Agoston Haraszthy (/ˈɑːɡəstən ˈhærəsti/; Hungarian: Haraszthy Ágoston [ˈhɒrɒsti ˈaːɡoʃton]; August 30, 1812, Pest, Hungary] – July 6, 1869, Corinto, Nicaragua) was a Hungarian-American traveler, writ...
  • Dr. William Fitch Cheney (1831 - 1879)
    He was born in Canandiagua, New York, in 1833, and was engaged in medical pursuits in that city until the breaking out of the war, when he entered the army as surgeon. Serving through the war, he ret...
  • Eugene Lemuel Sullivan (1820 - 1885)
    He was an attorney and George Yount's son-in-law. He sailed from New York to Panama in October 1848. He anchored in San Francisco on February 28 1849. He opened the merchandising business "Sullivan a...
  • John Calvert Davis (1791 - 1858)
    Died at Caymus Rancho, California. His son, who was born after he died, died himself in 1887. His name was John Calvert Frederick Davis. Cecelia Setty, Napa Valley Historian provided information to a...
  • Elizabeth Ann Yount (1826 - 1853)
    Elizabeth Yount, and her sister Frances, traveled to California with the Bidwell Party (or Walker-Chiles Party) of 1843. Word of her father's wealth and his invitation to come to Alta California trav...

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"The Golden State"

California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation's second- and sixth-largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the nation's fifty most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.

Although California was sighted by Spanish navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542, its first Spanish mission (at San Diego) was not established until 1769. California became a U.S. territory in 1847 when Mexico surrendered it to John C. Frémont. On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, starting the California Gold Rush and bringing settlers to the state in large numbers. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850 as the 31st State.


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