Everybody knows about the California city of San Francisco. The city on the bay is home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Gold Rush, the Earthquake of 1906 and much more. San Francisco is a major cultural, commercial and financial center of the United States. The city is steeped in history and there are many facts about San Francisco that many may not know.
Here are 20 things you didn’t know about San Francisco.
San Francisco was part of Mexico until 1848
A Spanish exploration party settled in the San Francisco area in 1769 and established the Presidio of San Francisco in 1776. Explorer Juan Bautista de Anza established a mission in the region. The territory received independence from Spain in 1821 and would become a part of Mexico until 1848. William Richardson, an Englishman, established an independent homestead in the city, then called Yerba Buena, and began to plan a street map. American settlers began to explore the west coast of America. Then, the Mexican-American War began. Captain John B. Montgomery claimed the city of Yerba Buena and renamed it San Francisco in 1847. The following year, Mexico ceded the area to the United States and the Mexican-American War ended.