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Title George O Wilson Travel Diary, 1849-1851
Reference MS Vault 121
Library California Historical Society
Date 1849-1851
Author / Creator Wilson, George Osbourne
Description Journal recording Wilson's voyage from Maine to California via Cape Horn aboard the brig Oriental, 15 September 1849-6 March 1850; a few entries recording his trip from San Francisco to Puget Sound on the brig George Emery, July 1850; then along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, beginning December 1850; and his travels in Oregon Territory to the Stillaguamish River to discover coal, with descriptions of Wilson's observations and interactions with local Native Americans. Includes brief vocabularies of languages of the Chinook and the Stillaguamish Indians.
Document Type Journal, Manuscript
Theme(s) Trade and Commerce; Travel and Tourism; Exploration and Discovery
Keywords voyage, diary, pioneer, discovery, expedition, log, ship, seafaring, indigenous peoples, customs, culture, travel, coal, language, Chinook, Stillaguamish, hunting, Gold Rush, prospecting, passengers
Countries USA; Canada
Places Puget Sound; Oregon; California; Cape Horn; Maine; Stillaguamish River; Strait of Juan de Fuca; Pacific Northwest
Ports San Francisco, USA
Ships Oriental, George Emery
Additional Information Wilson was a hunter and prospector from Maine who went to California and the Pacific Northwest during the Gold Rush.

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