Suisun, a Patwin word for "where the west wind blows," was the name given to the city and valley that flourished as a port between the vast regions of Sacramento and San Francisco. For over a thousand years, the Suisun region was inhabited by Native Americans, who thrived in the lush, temperate climate until the Mission Period brought forth devastation from conquest and epidemics. Suisun Valley served as the last vestige of the Mission Period with the establishment of Santa Eulalia, an asistencia for Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. Following statehood, Suisun City and Valley became a cultural hub from the influx of pioneers, such as founder Capt. Josiah Wing, who saw potential for industry, agriculture, and trade.
Author Bio: Lifelong residents of Solano County and members of numerous historical organizations, authors Elissa A. DeCaro and L.M. Ewing gathered the contents of this book from the collections of the Vacaville Heritage Council, Solano County Historical Society, and local residents. DeCaro, president of the Solano County Historical Society, has a bachelor of arts in history and is an advocate for historic preservation. Ewing has a bachelor of arts in history and expertise with computers.
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