Wakamatsu Colony—“the Plymouth Rock of Japanese Immigration”
California’s fertile ground and sunny climate west drew thousands of European settlers heading westward across the North American continent. But its location on the Pacific Coast also drew immigrants from Asian nations. A collection of historical photographs recently donated to the California state park system provides a rare insight into a short-lived agricultural colony of Japanese settlers in the mid-19th century.
By Kurtis Alexander
June 8, 2017