One of the most important historical events that occurred in California is the first exploration of the state in 1540 by the Spanish. An expedition was led by Hernando de Alarcon up the Gulf of California. This was the first time Europeans had stepped on California soil.Continue Reading
The history of California can be divided into several periods including the Native American period, European exploration, Spanish colonial, the Mexican period and the US statehood period.
The name Rhode Island originated when the explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano wrote a letter detailing his exploration of the state in 1524 and compared the area to the Island of Rhodes in Greece. The name was made official in 1644, according to the Rhode Island Historical Society.Full Answer >
The United States acquired Florida when U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Don Luis de Onis signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, which took place took place on February 22, 1819. Despite the signing of the treaty, it would still be another 2 years before the former Spanish province of Florida was officially in the hands of the United States.Full Answer >
California sought statehood in 1849 and became the 31st state on Sept. 9, 1850. The Compromise of 1850 saw California enter the Union as a non-slavery state.Full Answer >
California officially became a state of the United States of America on September 9th, 1850. It was the 31st state to be added to this country. The name California is derived from a fictional paradise said to be inhabited by the Black Amazons. Their ruler was Queen Calafia.Full Answer >