What was happening in California when the United States declared Independence

CALIFORNIA (KTXL) – During the second half of the 18th century, the United States was fighting for its independence from Great Britain , but what w...

July 3, 2022
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CALIFORNIA (KTXL) – During the second half of the 18th century, the United States was fighting for its independence from Great Britain , but what was happening  at that time out west in what would later become the state of California? Although the southwest had been inhabited by Indigenous populations for thousands of years, Spain would claim Alta California as their territory in 1542 after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in Santa Barbara, but the colonized would not venture into their new northern territory for another 200 years.

Matthew Nobert