Dogtown -- General introduction to the Dogtown history section.
GENERAL INTRODUCTION AND PLAN FOR THIS HISTORY OF DOGTOWN
Here you will find essays which don't quite fit into my plan of three separate
"periods" of Dogtown (Cheltenham) history.
- A Thumb-nail sketch of Dogtown history and preview of coming attractions
In order than I may get this site up and running, hopefully then attracting some leads and information which
will move me along more quickly, I provide the short 5 minute history, plus a few words about plans
for what will follow.
- Issues related to the name "DOGTOWN." Several essays
here concern the origin of the name Dogtown, the earliest printed references and controversies about
the name of the neighborhood and its boundaries, and the question of the Igorot role in Dogtown's naming.
- The writings of Louis Schmidt on this area. Louis Schmidt was my first contact who
had done much serious research on the Dogtown/Cheltenham and related areas. He has been very generous
in sharing his research with me and on this page you will find a huge wealth of information from the
various notes and essays which Louis has written.
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND AREA This 1976
essay by Norbury L. Wayman deals with area that is roughly the same as I call Dogtown or Cheltenham. This short
(14 page essay in the original) is accurate, interesting and useful.
Without The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803 we might all being speaking French.
The French owned Louisianna in 1802 and Napoleon wanted to extend his power into the New World. Haiti was the richest
colony in the Caribbean. Napoleon intended to make it the center piece of his empire, and gradually move EASTWARD from
Louisianna to extend the French empire. Once the Haitians defeated him he despaired of the West and
sold Louisianna for a song. Thanks to the Haitians Dogtowners speak English, even if, now and again, with
an Irish lilt.