Part I: Early explorations. Account of the "sacred expedition," 1769 / Juan Crespí -- Journal of the first Spanish ship to enter San Francisco Bay, 1775 / Vicente Santa María -- Account of the founding of Mission Dolores, 1776 / Francisco Palóu -- Part II: Life under Spanish control. from A voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, 1792 / George Vancouver -- The Rezanov voyage, 1806 / Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov and George von Langsdorff -- from A voyage around the world, 1816 / Adelbert von Chamisso -- Part III: Picturing a world transformed. Part IV: Mexican control, Yankee infiltration and conquest. from Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, 1826 / Frederick William Beechey -- from Two years before the mast, 1835-36 / Richard Henry Dana, Jr. -- from An overland journey around the world, 1841-42 / Sir George Simpson -- from What I saw in California, 1846 / Edwin Bryant -- Reminiscences of early San Francisco, 1847-48 / Edward Kemble.