American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author, Bayard Taylor (1825 - 1878) led a remarkable life and left a fascinating legacy. His travel books are known for their keen details, humor, and adventure. His poetry still stands up and his translations were at one time considered some of the finest.
In 1849, Taylor made a trip to California and Mexico. Throughout the journey he kept detailed accounts of adventures, mishaps, happy times, and interesting characters he met along the way. In the tradition of classic travel writers, Taylor takes you along to a fascinating world that no longer exists.
Gold prospecting in California and surviving robbers in Mexico were just part of the exciting adventures Taylor encountered.