California as I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849 to 1900
Articles and Essays
Early California History: An Overview
The Name and the Geography. California's history is so romantic and filled with legend that it is fitting that the region was named for a fictional island paradise described in the 16th century Spanish romance Las Serges de Esplandian, which was popular when Spain’s explorers first came to this part of North America's Pacific Coast.