Entered the Union as No. 31 on 9th September 1850

Captain John August Sutter from Switzerland emigrated to California and bought a large area of no man’s land in the valley of today’s Sacramento in 1839. He called his colony “Nueva Helvetia “(the latin name of New Switzerland) and built his Fort on his purchased land.


Sutter's Fort, Sacramento


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Sutter’s Fort became the gate to California for all the pioneers. In January 1848, an employee of Sutter found gold at the Sutter’s Mill. This was the beginning of the Californian Gold Rush and people from all over the world came to his land in search for gold.

At the end of this disaster, his son had to sell the Fort and the land. On this New Helvetia (New Switzerland), Sacramento was built later. His son was one of the founders of Sacramento.


Link to Switzerland

The tragic story of Sutter’s life and the loss of his enormous wealth was written down in the novel “L'Or” (Gold) by the Swiss author Blaise Cendrars in 1925 . Blaise Cendrars was born in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. La Chaux-de-Fonds was also the birth place of Louis Chevrolet, the founder of Chevrolet Cars. This happened 1911 in Detroit.

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