This book introduces young readers to the eventful decade of the 1840s and the amazing exploits of Lean John Brown, Californiaís own horseback hero. It tells the tale of how the future Golden State passed from Mexican to American rule, climaxing in the decisive struggle between U.S. forces and Spanish-speaking Californios determined to preserve their independence. At the center of the story is Lean Johnís incredible horseback ride, a daring dash for help from a surrounded garrison in Los Angeles all the way to Commodore Stocktonís ship in the harbor of San Francisco, more than 400 miles away. Was Lean Johnís ďimpossible missionĒ a success?
64 pages, illustrated
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