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On the Farralon Islands, the deadly twenty-minute exchange of shots of the "Egg War" kills two

California, 1857, zoomable map
06/04/1863
David Robinson had discovered the potential of the massive murre bird colonies on the Farralon Islands, twenty miles out from San Francisco Harbor, as a food supply for the California Gold Rush and his Pacific Egg Company claimed control of the stocks.  A group of rival egg gatherers, led by a man named David Batchelder, attempted to encroach and shots were exchanged with Robinson's workers and a man on each side were killed. For his part in the "Egg War," Batchelder was later tried but acquited.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Steve Nicholls, Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 381-382. 

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