The Aboriginal Population of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California

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Author: S. F. Cook
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,588 / 77 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.4
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 814
Added to site: 2010.09.28
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Genre: Non-fiction
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e contact this day with the natives. Font in the Complete Diary makes it clear that Oakland and Berkeley were crossed and Wildcat Creek reached before the first Indians were seen. At that point, however, an abandoned village was found. On the banks of the next arroyo was an inhabited village containing 23 men and 7 women, others being away foraging. Anza says this was a village of about 100 persons. Font then says that on the next arroyo was a "fair-sized village." Although Anza does not specifically mention this village, both he and Font agree that at the camp (on Rodeo Creek) was another town, which Anza says "is larger than the two mentioned." Font concurs, in effect, with the statement that when the expedition halted, they were greeted by 38 Indians--presumably adult males.

Both authors comment on customs. Anza emphasizes the fact that these Indians are not white, in contradistinction to the reports brought back by Crespi. He also says the language is different "from that on the other side of the s

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