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By Brian McGinty

Bold, flamboyant, extravagant, devious, visionary, Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869) is likely one of the such a lot fascinating—and elusive—figures within the historical past of yankee agriculture. except his pioneer efforts to set up a world-class wine in California, he holds different vital differences: he was once the 1st Hungarian to completely settle within the usa, writer of in basic terms the second one Hungarian-language e-book in regards to the usa, founding father of one of many earliest cities in Wisconsin, and proprietor and operator of the 1st steamboat to have interaction in on a regular basis scheduled site visitors at the top Mississippi River.

Lured by means of the invention of gold to go the plains to California in 1849, Haraszthy turned the 1st sheriff of San Diego, a member of the California legislature, and the 1st assayer of the USA Mint in San Francisco. lengthy excited about the opportunity of growing to be tremendous eu grapes in the US, he moved in 1856 to northern California’s Sonoma Valley, the place he equipped the 1st stone wineries in California, brought greater than three hundred different types of eu grapes, and planted (or helped his acquaintances plant) greater than 1000 acres of selection wine vineyards. He made a well-publicized wine travel of Europe in 1862, wrote the 1st remarkable e-book on California wine starting to be, and outfitted his Sonoma property into what was once extensively marketed as “the biggest winery within the world.”

In this booklet, the 1st full-length biography of 1 of nineteenth-century America’s finest and influential immigrants, the writer examines Haraszthy’s extraordinary lifestyles, dispels a few of the myths that experience accumulated round him, and makes a cautious overview of his contributions to American immigration and agricultural history.

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