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I went to Santa Cruz Island about 25 years ago with a group from the University of California Berkeley. I thought it was a great place and wished I could live there. It is just off the coast of Santa Barbara in the Channel Islands. When I saw this book I just had to read it.
Gherini covers the formation of the islands to the life of the Chumash people that lived on the islands for at least a thousand years. The author discusses the history, culture, wars and languages of the Chumash of Santa Cruz Island.
Gherini describes the period under the rule of Spain and Mexico when the Islands were a haven for smugglers and illegal hunters of the sea otter fur. When California became part of the United States, the Island was acquired by William E. Barron who later sold it to a Frenchman, Justinian Caire. The Caire family owned the island for many years until it was taken over by The Nature Conservancy and the National Parks Service. I found the legal battles by the Caire family reads like a legal novel. Three times they went all the way to the California Supreme Court, no wonder many of the descendants became attorneys.
The author is an attorney and a direct descendant of Justinian Caire. The book is well written and researched. Gherini had access to all the family papers and documents and has created the most complete history of the Island to date. The book contains photographs and maps and is a worthy addition to ones library. David Caster did an excellent job narrating the book.
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This narrator can make red paint drying on a Kansas barn sound like a suspense thriller. Speaking of which, I'd love to hear Mr. Casler narrate one of those.