The mountain region is a great place for the earth and has lots of useful natural resources. It features the famous mountain Mt.Whitney. The two main mountain regions are the Sierra Nevada and the coast ranges.
The Mountain Region Part 2 A huge chunk of gold
The Sacramento River starts in the Sierra Nevadas. The mountain region is great for mining, that's where the gold rush had started. Next to the mountain region is the coast region.
The coast ranges is has the most population in all of California. There are lots of people because it has a great a amount of natural resources and has good weather. It provides a fishing industry because it is close to the ocean.
The coast ranges features the cities Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and many other great cities. The coast has many things to do from zoos to scuba diving. Over the mountain lies the great desert.
Different plants grow in the desert then in the other regions. Plants that need less water grow n the desert. Part of the desert is the Imperial Valley, it has soil and water from the All-American River.
Christopher Columbus wanted to find the Indies like Marco Polo in the 1400's. But instead found the Hades islands. He found indians living there so he kicked them out and he was known to find the Hades.
Sebastian Vizcaino was a Spanish explorer that explored present-day San Diego and landed in San Diego Bay in 1602. He was especially known for his maps and lied that he landed in unexplored place tthat he didn't.
Sir Francis Drake was sent by the queen to attack other countries and bring gold and riches back in 1579. Francis sailed north and found a small bay known today as San Francisco Bay. He searched around San Francisco and called it Nova Albion. It was an older island in England.
Juan Cabrillo set off to sail over to now known Mexico and try to find a route to Asia in 1542. He eventually ended up in present-day San Diego, Cape San Martin, and San Miguel. Cabrillo named the area Alta California which meant Upper California.
Juan Cabrillo He also has his own national museum!
Father Serra was a Catholic priest. He tought other people about his religion. Then, he decided he wanted to start a missionary. He first started a missionary in Mexico, but then moved over to California making more missions. He then taught the indians the religion.
Portola was a Spain soldier sent to California to run his own colony in 1767. When he got there, he was on expedition to explore Monterey. He led a mission and had a idea for the Native American girls to get locked up in dorms while the other families sleep in houses.
Sam was a entrepreneur. When he heard that there was gold in California, he bought all the mining tools in the shops. So when people wanted mining supplies, they had to buy it from Brannan. Also, Brannan made the prices of the tools more so he was the first millionaire.
Levi Strauss made tough pants for the 49ers. All the 49ers wore it and bought it from Strauss. Strauss also made rivets in the pants and invented the first pockets. Levi Strauss pants are still in stores today
The Mexican-American War Picture of Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War was a war fought over the border between the two countries in 1846. US won and in 1848, Mexico signed the treaty of Guadalupe HiIdalgo.