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Locating the Site

Map 1: California, 1851.
[Graphic] Map 1 with link to higher quality map.
(Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.)

Walnut Grove and Locke are located near the junction of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, an area know as the Delta region. The two towns lie east of San Francisco and about midway between Sacramento and Stockton, in the northern third of the great central valley that is made up of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

Questions for Map 1

1. Using a world map, locate Japan, China, and California. Approximate the distance between these countries and the United States. Considering the modes of transportation available in the late 19th century and early 20th century, do you think this was an easy trip for the Japanese and Chinese laborers?

2. Locate San Francisco, Sacramento, and the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Notice the topography of the map. Why would this area be a good location for agricultural industries?

* The map on the screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Map 1, but be aware that the file will take as much as 62 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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