Among western metropolitan areas, Sacramento may claim a unique
heritage. The study of Sacramento history reveals a sequence of economic,
social, cultural, and political developments that is duplicated nowhere else.
This region has been a vital center of frontier settlement, pioneer growth, and
western business enterprise since John Sutter, the Swiss adventurer and
entrepreneur, began his efforts in 1839 to found an imperial fiefdom near the
confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. During the gold rush era,
Sacramento emerged as the leading commercial entrepot, financial hub, state
capitol, and entertainment center for the Mother Lode mining region. From that
time through the post-World War II boom years of the large scale expansion of
state government and federal military installations, the Sacramento area has
grown in ways which mirror the general patterns of western historical
development, yet which remain distinctive in detail.
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