— Jamestown Settlement —
Although explored primarily by Spain, Sir Francis Drake, sailing for England, also touched the California coast in 1579. After the establishment of Spanish missions, California became a territory of Mexico in 1825 following Mexican independence. American settlers quickly moved into the area and rebelled against the Mexican government in 1846. In an 1848 treaty, the United States annexed California. Settlers flocked there during the 1849 gold rush. Before the area could be organized as a territory, residents drew up a state constitution and elected a governor and legislature.
1542-Explored by navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo for Spain
1769-Permanently settled by Spanish missionaries
1850-Admitted to the Union as the 31st state.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1579.
Location. 37° 13.55′ N, 76° 46.978′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road. The marker is near the Jamestown Settlement
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Minnesota (here, next to this marker); Wisconsin (here, next to this marker); Iowa (here, next to this marker); Oregon (here, next to this marker); Texas (here, next to this marker); Florida (a few steps from this marker); Nevada (a few steps from this marker); Kansas (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.