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around The San Francisco Bay Area


During the Mexican era, the San Francisco Peninsula was lightly populated, being mostly devoted to ranches. Apart from Mission Dolores and the Presidio (fort), established during the Spanish colonial era, there was one small village, Yerba Buena, named after a local mint-like herb: later, it would rise to become the U.S. city of San Francisco.

1835—44 Foundation of the City of San Francisco
1846 Murder in San Rafael
1847 The Little Village of Yerba Buena
1847—1861 Town of Benicia
1857 Ramble through San Francisco
Source: Texts retrieved from the California Digital Newspaper Collection
Illustration: The Peninsula of San Francisco" (detail), from Dwinelle, "Colonial History of The City of San Francisco" (1863)
Page created: 18-IX-2016
Last updated: 20-IX-2016