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1830

Birth of Helen Maria Fiske Hunt Jackson in Amherst, Massachusetts. While visiting California later in her life, she would develop an almost entirely mistaken and romantic vision of California during the Mission period. Her novel, Ramona, became wildly popular and helped in part to spark the restoration of the California Missions. [Source: California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams.]

1888

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce is founded. It proposes the purchase of Baja California from Mexico, prompting an international incident. [Source: California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams.]