“Come, let us build a city.”
He believed White
men would come in, and occupy the Salinas
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!
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