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[51] “Come, let us build a city.” He believed White men would come in, and occupy the Salinas pastures. Sherwood gave him a scrap of ground, on which he reared a log shanty. Six weeks after he began to build his hut, a fellow with an eye for coming customers, opened a grog shop. Then the drovers and herdsmen came this way for drams. A third man, seeing these drovers hang about, threw up a booth for dancing. Only six months after Bucknall had first thought of building a shanty in which he might keep his gun and cook his game, twenty-five houses were clustered round his hearth. Twenty-five houses means a hundred persons, more or less; a force of forty or fifty guns in case of need. All fear of a surprise by savages was laid aside.

English settlers came into the valley, looking out for sheep-runs, followed by Americans with a scent for corner lots. In less than seven years, the Major's cabin on the lake has grown into a city of three thousand souls! Already Salinas is a more important place than Monterey.

A White colonist has three main ways of taking possession of Californian soil.

The first plan is to marry an estate, like David

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