Discovery of the Yosemite in 1851--
and the Indian war which led to that event
historical reprint from VistaBooks
by Lafayette Houghton Bunnell, M. D., one of the Discoverers, of the Mariposa Battalion.
First published in 1880, this is the primary account of how Yosemite Valley came to be
"discovered" by the civilizaton that would displace its residents. Native Americans knew the valley was there, of course; they
were living in it when the battalion came to roust them out. Before the
Battalion's trip, the valley had been seen from
its rims and from afar by a few non-natives. But this event of 1851 was the first recorded entry and
exploration by a new people. Bunnell proposed the name of the Indian tribe for the valley, "as it was
suggestive, euphonious, and certainly American; that by so doing, the name of the tribe of
Indians which we met leaving their homes in this valley, perhaps never to return, would be
Foreword by former chief park naturalist William R. Jones. Period engravings. 184pages, slightly abridged from the original.
ISBN -10: 0-89646-021-5. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-021-8. VIST0021 paper$6.95.
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