California History to 1769 Made Easy Trivia
history in California begins with indigenous Americans first arriving in
California some 13,000-15,000 years ago. Exploration and settlement by
Europeans along the coasts and in the inland valleys began in the 16th
California's acquisition by the United States
under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the
defeat of Mexico in the Mexican-American War caused further American
westward expansion into Mexico intensified with the California Gold
Rush, beginning in 1849. California joined the Union as a free state in
1850, due to the compromise of 1850.
By the end of the 19th century, California was
still largely rural and agricultural but had a population of about 1.4
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1. The remains of Arlington Springs Man on are
among the traces of a very early habitation, dated to the Wisconsin
glaciation (the most recent ice age) about 13,000 years ago. Where were
the remains found?
- Catalina Island
- Santa Rosa Island
- Death Valley
2. Some 30 tribes or culture groups lived in what
is now California, gathered into different language family groups. How
many different languages were spoken?
3. About 1530, Nu�o Beltr�n de Guzm�n
(President of New Spain) was told by an Indian slave of the Seven Cities
of Cibola cities that had streets paved with gold and silver.
4. The first European to explore the California
coast was Juan Rodr�guez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for
the Spanish Crown. In June 1542, Cabrillo led an expedition in two ships
from the west coast of what is now Mexico. When did he land at San Diego
Bay, claiming what he thought was the Island of California for Spain?
- August 28
- September 28
- October 28
5. On June 7 1579, who was the English explorer
that saw an excellent harbor, on a land-mass that he called Nova Albion
and claimed for England.
- Captain Hugo Kidd
- Sir Horatio Hornblower
- Sir Francis Drake
6. In 1602, the Spaniard Sebasti�n Vizca�no
explored California's coastline as far north as Monterey Bay, where he
put ashore. He ventured inland south along the coast, and recorded a
visit to what is likely Carmel Bay. His major contributions to the
state's history were the glowing reports of the Monterey area as an
anchorage and as land suitable for settlement, as well as the detailed
charts he made of the coastal waters (which were used for nearly 200
7. A British seafaring captain, midway through his
third and final voyage of exploration in 1778, sailed along the west
coast of North America aboard the HMS Resolution, mapping the
coast from California all the way to the Bering Strait. Who was the
- James Cook
- James Armstrong
- Lord Sandwich
8. Reacting to interest by Russia and possibly
Great Britain in the fur-bearing animals of the Pacific north coast,
Spain further extended the series of Catholic missions, accompanied by
troops and establishing ranches, along the southern and central coast of
California. These missions were intended to demonstrate the claim of the
Spanish Empire to modern-day California.
9. Gaspar de Portol�'s explorers became the first
Europeans known to view San Francisco Bay. Ironically, the Manila
Galleons had sailed along this coast for almost 200 years by then,
without noticing the bay. What was the date?
- June 29, 1769
- August 19, 1769
- October 31, 1769
10. Who was the Franciscan that founded San Diego
de Alcal� in 1769?
- Jun�pero Serra
- Juan Mar�a de Salvatierra
- Jean-Fran�ois de Galaup