Other men had reached the hills of California many years before I did. They had built a town in the valley with sidewalks and stores, banks and schools.
What does "other men" refer to? #1 or #2 in the first sentence?

1. other adult male human beings
2. other people (both male and female persons)

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  1. I'd take this literally. Since it refers to "other men," I'd say #1.

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