San Francisco is one of the most modern and accepting culture there is in the world. San Francisco has largely become what it is due to the past historical events that shaped this culture to the way it is, as well as the kind of people these events brought into this city. In a way, the series of events that unfolded seemed to work almost too perfectly, and turned San Francisco into the city it is today.
Before the Gold Rush, San Francisco was a city that was not well known or even big compared to all the other cities at the time. It is because of the Gold Rush that San Francisco was put on the map, for the forming of the transcontinental railroad to help with the transportation during the Gold Rush had set San Francisco’s position to be the dominant western city (National Geographic - After the Gold Rush). The formation of the transcontinental railroad in San Francisco had not only made it a dominant city for the United States, but it had made it an important port for the import and export of goods and the traveling of people (history.com - The Gold Rush of 1849). This was what helped give a definition to an instant city, for it is considered the closest thing to one that the world has ever seen in all of history (The California Gold Rush - Altman). The thing that surprised most surprised many people with quick popularization of the city was the fact that before it was huge, it was considered one of the most odd places to have a city, which is what ultimately made it the perfect city during the Gold Rush (The California Gold Rush -
In historical terms the city of Oakland was named after the many Oak trees that inhabited the land when the city was established. Oakland was first founded in 1852 and is located on the East side of the Bay Area in Northern California.(Oakland History) Native Americans had previously lived in the area for over 5 thousand years before many arrived for the Gold Rush, and put down their roots. The famous author Jack London also spent many of his earlier years in Oakland, and his works have said to have been influenced by the city. My personal perception of Oakland is that it has always been the forgotten city in the Bay Area. Almost no one would notice that famous actors Clint Eastwood, and Tom Hanks spent many of their childhood days in the city. Basketball future hall of famers Gary Payton and Jason Kidd also spent their childhood days there. Baseball hall of famers Reggie Jackson and Ricky Henderson still own homes in the city.
California has a total of 263,696 square miles, with a 4.7 percent of water. Its population today would be 38,340,000 estimated that is, with a household income of 61,021 US dollars. California’s capital would be Sacramento and its largest city is Los Angeles. It was first settled by various Native American Tribes before being explored by European expeditions which were throughout the 16th & 17th centuries. Later as time past by it was claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California. Alta became apart of Mexico in 1821 which followed its successful war for independence, but was later able to successfully be ceded to the United in 1848 after the Mexican American War. Its western portion of Alta California was soon organized as the state of California. After that the gold rush had started in 48 which led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with the large immigration from the United States.
The Fascinating Town of San Rafael
As a young child, I would visit my grandparents in Marin County often. My parents would pack my sister and me up in the car, and we would head north from San Francisco to the small town of Novato. The road to Novato took us through San Rafael, where I would always marvel at the one mile stretch of shopping mall that Highway 101 traversed. However, once we were into the hills of wine country and the shopping mall was a distant memory, so too became San Rafael.
Before the Gold Rush of 1849, the initial people who lived in California were the Native Indians. California was the home to approximately 275,000 Native Californians, which included the Pomo, Chumash, Mojave, Karok, Yuma, Paitute, and Shoshone. Spain had decided to Colonize California, also known as the “Sacred Expedition,” which began in early 1769. This expedition was composed of two miniature ships carrying soldiers, missionaries, livestock, and supplies, known as the San Carlos and the San Antonio, while the other two groups traveled by land. Missionaries play a critical role in Californian history, for they had built the 21 missions along the coast of California and had converted the majority of Native Californians to Catholicism. As New Spain won its independence from Spain on September 1821, California, now part of the...
San Francisco is located on the West Coast of the United States, and lies along the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula. Bayview Hunters Point is located in the southeastern corner of San Francisco bounded by Cesar Chavez Street and U.S. Highway 101 (Bayview Hunters Point Community, 2014). The neighborhood is known as the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and over the years the neighborhood had many redevelopment projects of residential, commercial, and recreational areas. In recent years, the community opened a new light-rail, and has many open vacant lots available for redevelopment projects in hopes that it will result in an increased wealth and opportunities for existing residents (Bayview Hunters Point Community, 2014). The majority of the Bayivew Hunters Point district consists of shipbuilding and warehousing industries, and power plants, and is known for being the strongest blue-collar community in the city (Bayview Hunters Point Community, 2014).
It all started in 1946 when the San Francisco 49ers first began their franchise. In 1950 is when the moved to the National Football League. They earned their name from the gold miners who surged in San Francisco, in 1849, in search for gold so they could start a new life. Their first owner, Anthony J. Morabito, who was from the University of Santa Clara alumnus, had a dream of bringing a football team to the west. He had been moderately successful in the lumber hauling business. To make this happen, Anthony was put in touch with Arch Ward, an editor of the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Ward is credited with the All-American Conference, which was first held in October 1944. Anthony, after a long talk and negotiating with Mr. Ward, was granted a franchise with help from his younger brother, Victor, and partners in his lumbering business, Allen E. Sorrell, and E. J. Turre (“Niner’s history” www.49ersparadise.com).
The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves didn’t have the best teams from 1966-1990, no World Series titles, just not up to where they had been in earlier years. In 1990 the braves had the worst record in baseball, and then in 1991, they went from worst to first, and went to the World Series. They went again in 1992, but unfortunately, they lost both times. However, in 1995 the Braves went to the Championship of baseball once again, they represented the National League, and the Cleveland Indians represented the American League. The Series went six games, and in game six the Braves won, beating the Indians, one to nothing, and winning the World Series.
Although it has been years since our most recent visit to the shore side of Ocean City, New Jersey, the memories and senses never abandon my mind. All I can recall is the wondrous combination of the scorching heat, the grainy sand in between my toes, and the overwhelming smell of salt and delicious foods . . . I feel as if I am standing right there right now! Who could ever relinquish the beauty of the shore, the healing the shore accomplishes, and the tastes of the wondrous foods?