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Exhibit item: FRANCIS PELOUBET FARQUHAR, The grizzly bear hunter of California : a bibliographical essay, 1948

Exhibit item:
FRANCIS PELOUBET FARQUHAR
The grizzly bear hunter of California : a bibliographical essay, 1948

Pedro Fagés, who had been appointed governor of Alta California in 1770, traveled again to the Valley of the Bears, earning the nickname "El Oso."

Quotation:
ZEPHYRIN ENGELHARDT
Mission San Luis Obispo in the Valley of the Bears, 1933

"Early in 1772 Father Serra was notified by the missionaries in the south that, owing to the delay in the arrival of the supply ships and the increasing number of converts, the Missions of San Gabriel and San Diego were suffering for lack of food.

Ere long, dearth of provision was also felt at San Carlos and San Antonio Missions. In order to obtain meat at least, Fages himself headed a company of soldiers to hunt bears in the Cañada de los Osos.

They roved about the valley ... for about three months. During this time the hunters were enabled to send twenty-five loads, or about 9,000 lbs. of bear meat to San Carlos and San Antonio ...

With this succor the Fathers and soldiers maintained themselves and converts until the transport ships arrived three months later."

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