The American Frontier

Season 1 Episode 11

John Sutter

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Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1985 on PBS
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John Sutter
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A Swiss immigrant avoided debtor's prison by fleeing to America, claiming the title of "Captain Sutter." He acquired several square miles of land in Northern California, where he built Sutter's Fort. He may have looked the part of a rich nobleman, he walked a tightrope of financial distress. When one of his laborers, James Marshall, discovered gold on his property, Sutter's future collapsed.moreless

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