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Alta California

Alta California
Full nameAlta California
Native nameTerritorio de Alta California
Settlement typeTerritory
CapitalMonterey, California
Division of the Californias1804
Mexican Independence1821
First Spanish GovernorJosé Joaquín de Arrillaga (1804 � 1814)
Last Spanish GovernorPablo Vicente de Solá (1815 � 1822)
First Mexican GovernorLuís Antonio Argüello (1822 � 1825)
Last Mexican GovernorPío de Jesus Pico IV (1845 � 1846)
Total Population~85,000 (1847)

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Alta California ( ) was a province and territory in the Viceroyalty of New Spain and later a territory and department in independent Mexico. The territory was created in 1769 out of the northern part of the former province of Las Californias, and consisted of the modern American states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, western Colorado and southwestern Wyoming. The territory passed to American control after the Mexican � American War and ceased to exist with the creation of the State of California in 1850.

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