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History of San Francisco Article

Native Americans, European settlers

The Cliff House, circa 1900 Located at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, the history of San Francisco, California, has been greatly influenced by its coastal location as a port city. Among other factors, this significant geographic feature ultimately caused San Francisco to become a natural...

San Francisco Precolonial History Article

Native Americans, European settlers

European visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area were preceded 10,000 to 20,000 years earlier by Native Americans. When Europeans arrived, they found the area inhabited by the Yelamu tribe living in the coastal and bay areas between Big Sur and the San Francisco Bay.

Arrival of Europeans and early settlement Article

Native Americans, European settlers, Mexican American War

A Spanish exploration party, led by Don Gaspar de Portolà, arriving on November 2, 1769, was the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay, claiming it for Spain as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Seven years later a Spanish mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission...