a former Spanish colony of New Spain, in the modern-day states of California, Nevada, and N Arizona: ceded by Mexico to the United States 1848.
- Also called Upper California .
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How to use Alta California in a sentence
As it went with Texas and Alta California so will it go with all our states.The Mystery of The Barranca | Herman Whitaker
Ours is a bachelor community,” remarked the “Alta California,” “but nevertheless possessing strong domestic propensities.The Life of Bret Harte | Henry Childs Merwin
Two years ago,” said the “Alta California” in 1851, “trade was a wild unorganized whirl.The Life of Bret Harte | Henry Childs Merwin
There speaks young blood—the hot blood that lost us Texas and Alta California.The Mystery of The Barranca | Herman Whitaker
The settlement was at once made capital of Alta California, and Portola appointed the first governor.In the Footprints of the Padres | Charles Warren Stoddard