What do a warrior queen, north African pirates, and the city of San Francisco have in common? They are all connected to the origin of the name “California.”
Recently I began recording a series of interviews for a new podcast I will be launching as part of California Frontier. For one of the first interviews, I had the pleasure of visiting Greg Bernal Smestad. Greg has made it his mission to preserve and maintain the heritage his ancestors, who came to California […]
For most of the 17th and 18th centuries, Spanish ships dominated the Pacific. But her rivals Russia and England were busy contesting that dominance. Who would be the first to settle California?
European interest in California stretches back over 400 years. Spanish mariners began exploring the Pacific coast of North America in the early 16th century.
San José, California is the oldest city on the West Coast. In November it celebrates its birthday.