San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is a home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. San Diego is in Southern California. It is located on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. San Diego is precisely 120 miles south of Los Angeles and alongside the border of Mexico. The highest point in San Diego is Cowles Mountain, which reaches 1,591 feet high.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
In November 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. Arriving on his flagship San Diego, Vizcaíno surveyed the harbor and what are now Mission Bay and Point Loma and named the area for the Catholic Saint Didacus, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego de Alcalá. The culture of San Diego, California is influenced heavily by American and Mexican cultures due to its position as a border town, its large Hispanic population, and its history as part of Spanish America and Mexico. San Diego’s long-time association with the U.S. military also contributes to its culture. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of the most populous religious communities in San Diego today, along with Evangelical Christians and Catholics.
Brief City History
The first European to visit the region was a Spaniard named Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. In 1542 Cabrillo led an expedition that sailed along the coast of California. So on 27 June, 1542 Cabrillo set sail from La Navidad in Mexico. On 28 September 1542 Cabrillo anchored in San Diego Bay. However, the story of San Diego began in 1769 when the Spanish built a chain of missions across California. Then in 1821, Mexico became independent of Spain. However, in 1846, the USA annexed California. In 1850 although San Diego only had a population of several hundred it was incorporated. San Diego slowly developed. Colorado House was built in 1851. Old Point Loma Lighthouse was built in 1855. Whaley House was built in 1856. It was the first two-story brick house in California. San Diego grew rapidly in the 1860s. In 1860 San Diego was still a tiny place with a population of only 731. By 1870 it had grown to a town of 2,300. Meanwhile, Balboa Park opened in 1868. Old City Hall in San Diego was built in 1874. Then in the 1880s, San Diego boomed. Meanwhile, in the late 19th century a number of famous buildings were built in San Diego. Llewelyn building was erected in 1887. Also in 1887 Villa Montezuma was built. Yuma Building was constructed in 1888. Louis Bank of Commerce was also built-in 1888. In the early 20th century San Diego became a major US naval base. However, on 21 July 1905, a boiler explosion on board the USS Bennington while it was at San Diego killed 66 men and injured many others. Nevertheless, because of the navy, San Diego suffered less in the depression of the 1930s than most of the USA.
Meanwhile in 1915 San Diego held the Panama-California Exposition. In 1936 the California-Pacific International Exposition was held there. In the early 20th century the population of San Diego boomed. In 1900 the population of San Diego was less than 18,000. By 1940 it had risen to 203,000. In the second half of the 20th century, San Diego continued to flourish. Its population rose to 696,000 in 1970. Meanwhile, the Maritime Museum was founded in 1948 and a new Public Library was built in San Diego in 1954. Sea World opened in 1964. The Timken Museum of Art opened in 1965. The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge opened in 1969. San Diego continued to prosper in the late 20th century. Plaza Bonita opened in 1983. Horton Plaza opened in 1984. San Diego Convention Centre was built in 1989.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
The most common foreign languages spoken in San Diego, CA are Spanish (305,070 speakers), Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) (45,352 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (37,074 speakers).
Important Types of Commerce in San Diego
The largest sectors of San Diego’s economy are defense/military, tourism, international trade, and research/manufacturing, respectively. In 2014, San Diego was designated by a Forbes columnist as the best city in the country to launch a small business or start-up company.
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