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on February 20, 2005
When W. W. Robinson wrote this history of land titles in California he was employed by Title Insurance and Trust Company in Los Angeles. He was what was referred to as a Titleman, a person trained to research and interpret land ownership and land titles. As a fellow Titleman for over 40 years I have purchased at least 100 copies of this book, which I use as a training aid in the title insurance industry. It is easily the best introduction to the history of California land ownership and titles and the origins of such legal rights. As a history book, a training aid, or just as a pleasure to read, this narrative would be an excellent choice.
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on April 4, 2002
This was an excellent book full of information not often found in other books on the California Ranchos. The author actually includes a chapter on Indian land ownership that is hard to find anywhere else. Some of the smaller ranchos were left out, which is why I gave this a 4 star reading, but well worth your time.
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on January 17, 2005
"Land in California" is an excellent primer for those looking to get a grasp on how California was settled. It offers a clear description of who the players were in the settling of the state and offers great leads for other fields of inquiry into state history. A "must-have" for any California history buff.
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on April 5, 2000
This is an engrossing, thoroughly researched book about California land grants and ranchos during the period 1769-1846. Lists all such grants for the entire state. A "must read" for anyone researching the history of California.
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on June 12, 2013
If international law was ever enforced lots of Spanish descendants Native"tribes"would have lots of compensation! The book is a great property history of California done by someone who has tried to get the basic history objectively.
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on April 13, 2015
Very good book! Interesting and very informative.
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on March 4, 2015
This again was dry reading but very informative.
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on September 14, 2013
Just starting to read it now. "Very interesting". It gives a great overall view of where my family had land, ranches, etc.
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on June 30, 2014
Nice book ... nice work on early California as a Spanish territory.
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on October 17, 2014
Decent
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