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Nevada History


The first European expeditions to the Nevada area were the Father Kino expeditions at the end of the 17th century. Consequently, Nevada fell under Spanish control as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain.

When Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the area then became part of Mexico.

The United States gained control of the area following the Mexican-American War (1846 to 1848), and in 1850 Congress established the Utah territory which included the present-day state of Nevada.

On March 2nd 1861, the Nevada Territory was sepatated from the Utah Territory and adopted its current name, inspired by the Spanish Sierra Nevada (snow range). Nevada became the 36th state of te Union, eight days prior to the presidential election of 1864. Additional land was added to the state in 1866, taken from Arizona Territory to the West of the Colorado River.

In the 19th century, Nevada's economy was dominated by mining. However, when the industry declined, gambling was legalized in 1931 in an attempt to reinvigorate the economy. Since then, gambling has remained the state's principle source of revenue right up to the present day.

The majority of land in the state (87%) is still owned by the Federal government. This is because homesteads were not permitted in large enough sizes to be viable in the arid conditions that are prevalent throughout the state.


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Nevada: A History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

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Michael S. Green, a leading Nevada historian, provides a detailed survey of the Silver State’s past, from the arrival of the early European explorers, to the predominance of mining in the 1800s, to the rise of world-class tourism in the twentieth century, and to more recent attempts to diversify the economy.

Of the numerous themes central to Green’s analysis of Nevada’s history, luck plays a significant role in the state’s growth. The miners and gamblers who first visited the state all bet on luck. Today, the biggest contributor to Nevada’s tourist economy, gaming, still relies on that same belief in luck. Nevada’s financial system has generally been based on a “one industry” economy, first mining and, more recently, gaming. Green delves deeply into the limitations of this structure, while also exploring the theme of exploitation of the land and the overuse of the state’s natural resources. Green covers many more aspects of the Silver State’s narrative, including the dominance of one region of the state over another, political forces and corruption, and the citizens’ often tumultuous relationship with the federal government. The book will appeal to scholars, students, and other readers interested in Nevada history.

Roadside History of Nevada (Roadside History Series) (Roadside History (Paperback))

By Richard Moreno

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Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

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In the words of literary luminaries, newspaper articles, public documents, personal letters, political speeches and personal accounts this is an attempt to define Nevada's colorful and complex development. It describes life in a mining boomtown, racial segregation in Las Vegas, political careers and atomic testing whilst through photographs we are shown significant Nevada architecture, the masterpieces of renowned Paiute basketmaker Dat-so-la-lee and tree carvings by sheepherders. The collection ranges from the earliest descriptions of the region to the current debate on Yucca Mountain.

History of the Sierra Nevada

By Francis P. Farquhar

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From the time it was sighted by Spanish explorers in the eighteenth century through the creation of the John Muir trail, the building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam, and the founding of the Sierra Club, the great snowy range of California has provided fulfillment to generations of trappers, immigrants, engineers, naturalists, and tourists. Now a mountaineering classic, this pioneering book was the first to synthesize into a single, riveting narrative all of the varied aspects of human endeavor related to the history of the Sierra Nevada. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, the book continues to be indispensable for any lover of the high country.

Sierra Nevada Natural History (California Natural History Guides)

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The magnificent and much-loved Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir, is the dominant feature on the California landscape. First published forty years ago, this handbook has become an enduring natural history classic, used by thousands to learn more about virtually every aspect of this spectacular mountain range—from its superb flora and fauna to its rugged topography. Comprehensive yet concise and portable, the book describes hundreds of species: trees and shrubs, flowering plants and ferns, fungi and lichens, insects and fish, amphibians and reptiles, and birds and mammals. Now completely updated and revised, it will continue to be the essential guide to the Sierra Nevada for a new generation of hikers, campers, tourists, naturalists, students, and teachers—everyone who wants to know more about this unique and beautiful mountain range.

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The Silver State, 3rd Edition: Nevada'S Heritage Reinterpreted (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

By James W. Hulse

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The Sagebrush State, 4th Ed: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Neveda History)

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Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, The (California Academy of Sciences)

By John Muir Laws

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The most comprehensive field guide to the natural wonders of the Range of Light!

In this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life--trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects--comes alive.

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Geology of the Sierra Nevada (California Natural History Guides)

By Mary Hill

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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada—the longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed.

The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold.

For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text.

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* Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.

Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution

By Edward C. Beedy

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This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.


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