Historical Atlas of California, by Warren A. Beck

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By 1599, events had lessened official interest in, and thus financial support of, Vizcaíno's pearl-fishing enterprise. The Dutch corsair, Oliver van Noort, entered the Pacific, and his threat to Spanish shipping brought a new flurry of interest in a safe port for the Manila galleons. Vizcaíno, because of his supposed knowledge of the California coast, was appointed to head the official exploratory party. However, his appointment from Viceroy Gaspar de Zúñiga y Azevedo, Conde de Monterrey, drastically limited Vizcaíno's authority, inasmuch as he was given specific instructions and his decisions were subject to the review of a council of his officers.

Railroad Grant Lands 68. Railroads 69. Great Sheep and Cattle Ranches, circa 1900 70. Great Sheep and Cattle Ranches, circa 1900 71. Great Sheep and Cattle Ranches, circa 1900 72. Great Sheep and Cattle Ranches, circa 1900 73. Transhumance Sheep Trails, 1865-1905 74. Population Distribution 75. Population, 1970 76. Major Irrigation Systems in the San Joaquin Valley Prior to Federal Aid Projects 77. Major Man-Made Water Systems 78. Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct 79. Imperial Valley, 1901-1907 80.

Some fishing and small game hunting supplemented the acorn. Only the Yuman Indians of the Colorado River Valley engaged in agriculture similar to the corn-growers of Arizona and New Mexico. The Indians in the northwest corner of the state were similar to the tribes of the Pacific Northwest in that they were primarily hunters and fishers. The largest of the speech groupings were tile Penutians, estimated at 57,000. Included in this family were the Wintun, on the west side of the Sacramento River; east of the same river were the Maidu.

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