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American,

river, 30 mi (48 km) long, rising in N central Calif. in the Sierra Nevada and flowing SW into the Sacramento River at Sacramento. The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill (see Sutter, John AugustusSutter, John Augustus,
1803–80, American pioneer, b. Kandern, Baden, of Swiss parents. His original name was Johann August Suter. He emigrated to the United States in 1834, went to St. Louis, then to Santa Fe.
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) along the river in 1848 led to the California gold rush of 1849. The American is a magnet for rafters. The proposed Auburn Dam, where construction was stopped after a 1975 earthquake, is highly controversial.

American

elm traditional symbol of American patriotism. [Tree Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 182]
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Each generation of American's must define what it means to be an American.
At the close of the American Revolution he was still in London, and scarce on the threshold of active life.
This party included Edward Marshall and some American artists who had come over on the same steamer with us.
The United States was by far the stronger of the two powers upon the sea, but the bulk of the American fleet was still in the Pacific.
I know an American, soon as I see him; so I go and speak to him and make his acquaintance.
Now when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American to share it.
John Jacob Astor to establish an American emporium for the fur trade at the mouth of the Columbia, or Oregon River; of the failure of that enterprise through the capture of Astoria by the British, in 1814; and of the way in which the control of the trade of the Columbia and its dependencies fell into the hands of the Northwest Company.
The origin and date of the Great American Prairies form one of natures most majestic mysteries.
Before the American could answer someone else broke in vehemently.
The passengers who came on board at Southampton were not of the greasy class; they were for the most part American families who had been spending the summer, or a longer period, in Europe.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
She is very pretty, and always wears a black dress, with the most beautiful fit; she speaks a little English; she tells me she had to learn it in order to converse with the Americans who come in such numbers to this hotel.

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