State of California

By | Jun 21, 2010

On September 9, 1850 California became the 31st state of the United States of America.  It was admitted as a Free State.

The name California is believed to derived from  a paradise ruled by Queen Califia.  The Myth of Califia was first recorded in 1510.  It it thought that this myth helped to fuel the exploration of the area by the Spanish.

Spanish missionaries set up 26 missions on the present California coast beginning in  1769 with a mission at present day San Diego.

After the Mexican War, Mexico lost the area that included California, Arizona, Nevada Colorado and Utah to the United States.

California is the most populated state of the United States and 3rd in area.  The Capital of the state is Sacramento with its largest city being Los Angeles.

The geography of the state varies from mountainous with it’s highest peak being Mount Whitney at  over 14,500 feet, the lowest point is -282 feet at Death Valley in the dessert as well as Pacific coastal beaches.


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