"City by the bay" San Francisco by BLewJay

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Who claims this place?

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed along the coast near San Francisco and discovered the Farallones. Later in 1575 Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeno landed in Drake's Bay, claimed the land for Spain, and named it Puerto de San Francisco. In 1579 Sir Francis Drake landed in Drake's Bay, claimed the land for England, and named it Nova Albion.

The Great Earthquake struck on April 18, 1906 (at 5:12 a.m.). It's magnitude was 8.25 on the Richter scale, and it lasted 49 seconds. The Great Fire that followed caused more damage than the earthquake, destroying about 28,000 buildings. About 3,000 were thought to have died that day while 225,000 were left homeless.

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. From the famous icon of the Golden Gate Bridge to the trolleys and art galleries, the city has many unrivaled attractions and unique neighborhoods.

  • Last visit to San Francisco: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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