5.8.2 The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California
Lansford Hastings was an early settler of California, leading a group of people westward to Oregon in 1842. In 1845, he created this guide to persuade Americans to settle in California and to assist them in their journey. Guides like this one were published for both personal and promotional reasons. Some authors shared their tales of adventures to boost their reputations; others, to promote their own interests in colonies and land development projects.