West Sacramento is located in the state of California and a city in Yolo County that is separated from Sacramento via the Sacramento River, wherein at also separates the former and Yolo counties. The area where the present-day West Sacramento was settled in 1844 by John Schwartz, who was a Flemish traveler and the first European-America to settle permanently in the area, which during that time was a part of Mexico. Schwartz built a shack on the western part of the bank along the Sacramento River. With the help of his brother, George, they founded a salmon fishery that is within the river, and when they found that the soil was fertile, they began to farm and raise livestock. With the announcement of the gold discovery in 1848 at Sutter's Mill, it brought a multitude of miners to the region along with their families. It also coincided with the end of the Mexican-American War.
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