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Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit By John R. Ridge

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Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit by John R. Ridge

In 1854, a Cherokee Indian called Yellow Bird (better known as John Rollin Ridge) launched in this book the myth of Joaquin Murieta, based on the California criminal career of a 19th century Mexican bandit. Today this folk hero has been written into state histories, sensationalized in books, poems, and articles throughout America, Spain, France, Chile, and Mexico, and made into a motion picture. The Ridge account is here reproduced from the only known copy of the first edition, owned by Thomas W. Streeter, of Morristown, New Jersey. According to it, the passionate, wronged Murieta organized an outlaw company numbering over 2,000 men, who for two years terrorized gold-rush Californians by kidnapping, bank robberies, cattle thefts, and murders. So bloodthirsty as to be considered five men, Joaquin was aided by several hardy subordinates, including the sadistic cutthroat, -Three-Fingered Jack.- Finally, the state legislature authorized organization of the Mounted Rangers to capture the outlaws. The drama is fittingly climaxed by the ensuing chase, -good, gory- battle, and the shocking fate of the badmen.

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About John R. Ridge


John Rollin Ridge, or Yellow Bird, was born in Georgia in 1827 and participated in the Indian Removal to present Oklahoma and in the bitter Cherokee Factional wars. After killing a man, Ridge fled to California, where he heard about and wrote of Joaquin Murieta.

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CIN000112104
Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit by John R. Ridge
John R. Ridge
Western Frontier Library
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of Oklahoma Press
1977-08-01
1159
0806114290
9780806114293
N/A
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