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1533 Spanish ships land in Baja, CA Natives are aggressive
1542 Explorer Juan Cabrillo (Portugal) visits San Diego Bay
1579 Sir Francis Drake (Britain) lands in San Francisco Bay
1665 Spain begins to colonize California (Jose de Galvez)
1769 Mission San Diego de Alcala is #1 mission built
1776 A group of Spanish settlers reach San Fransisco
1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain
1846 A group of California settlers revolt and declare California an independent country
1848 Gold Rush Begins in Coloma, California
1849 People are rushing to the gold fields in Northern CA
1850 California is officially added to the USA
1879 Sacramento becomes the permanent capital of California
1602 Sebastion Vizcaino named many coastal landmarks in CA
1697 Spanish began establishing missions and other settlements.
1769 Captain Gaspar de Portola establishes the first military fort in CA (presidio).
1796 The Otter (an American ship) reaches the CA coast.
1812 Russian fur traders establish Fort Ross on Northern CA coast.
1821 New Spain wins its independence Spain.
1822 California becomes part of New Spain.
1826 Jedediah Strong Smith (a trapper) is the first American explorer to reach CA
1841 The Bidwell-Bartletson party (group) became the first organized group of Americans to settle CA. Many other settlers arrived using the Oregon Trail and the CA Trail.
1846 The US went to war with Mexico in the Mexican-American War.
1846 CA declares its independence from Mexico.
1848 The war between America and Mexico ended.
1869 The Central Pacific (1st railroad) across the Sierra Nevada mountains is completed. The First Transcontinental Railroad connects san Francisco to the east coast.
1900 People begin making films in Hollywood, CA.
1906 The Great San Francisco earthquake and fire destroys most to San Francisco.
1907 The first film was made for audiences. It was called The Count of Monte Cristo.
1963 California becomes the most populated state in America. It has more people than any other state.
1770 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo mission is opened.
1771 Mission San Antonio de Padua is opened. 1771 San Gabriel Arcangel mission is opened.
1772 San Luis Obispo de tolosa is opened.
1776 Mission San Francisco de Asis is opened. 1776 San Juan Capistrano mission is opened.
1777 Santa Clara de Asis mission opens.
1782 San Buenaventura is opened.
1786 Santa Barbara mission opens.
1787 La Purisima mission opens.
1791 Mission Santa Cruz opens. 1791 Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad opens.
1797 Mission San Jose opens. 1797 San Juan Bautista mission opens. 1797 San Miguel Archangel mission opens. 1797 Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana opens.
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge is opened to San Francisco traffic.
1955 Disneyland opens in Anaheim.
1798 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is opened.
1804 Mission Santa Inez opens.
1817 Mission San Rafael Arcangel opens.
1823 San Francisco Solano is the last Spanish mission to open.
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