Sunday, March 14, 2004

San Francisco, Exploration and early settlement

It is extraordinary that the site of San Francisco should have been explored first by land instead of from the sea, for San Francisco Bay is one of the most splendid natural harbours of the world, yet great captains and explorers - Juan Rodr�guez Cabrillo (1542 - 43), Sir Francis Drake (1579), and Sebasti�n Vizca�no (1602) - sailed unheeding past the entrance. In 1769 a scouting party from an expedition

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