Cannon at Presidio, 1928

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San Diego before 1850

Stubborn Californios, exploited and violent Indians, early life on the Presidio, why the name California, Coronado was a wedding gift

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Life at the Presidio — “hovels” that leaked badly in winter

When Monterey’s presidio was established, the importance of San Diego’s fortification was diminished. San Diego’s harbor and climate were exceptional, but the surrounding country was not as fertile, so it became more of a way station.

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