The History of San Francisco

By | September 1, 2019

San Francisco is considered the most European city in theUnited States. Here you tend very un-American antiquity, which is especially evident in the famous cable car, the old tram. The trams are pulled up the steep hills on steel ropes located under the road. Strictly speaking, they belong in the museum. However, the inhabitants of the city stubbornly refuse to replace them with modern means of transport. This unique experience – a cable car ride through San Francisco – should not be missed.

The height differences in San Francisco are enormous. Your neighbor who lives in the same house and also lives parterre can actually live obliquely above you. A walk through San Francisco involves a certain training of the leg muscles.

San Francisco’s Chinatown

Not only European influences draw San Francisco, but also the Far East has left its marks on the City by the Bay. In addition to a Japan neighborhood, there is also a Chinatown. It is much more colorful and Chinese than New York’s Chinatown. There is a lot of activity there and the supply of goods is plentiful.

From seals and whales

In the San Francisco Bay, seals bathe right next to you. They come up to a few feet close to you and see what you are doing. A huge attraction for all San Francisco residents takes place when they are visited by a whale in the San Francisco Bay. Then half the city meets in the Bay. The whales seem to be enjoying their appearance as well.

San Francisco History

The city of San Francisco has an exciting history behind it. It is hard for Europeans to believe that the city has only existed for just under 250  years. In between, it was almost completely destroyed.

The history of San Francisco is extremely exciting. The fact that the city has only existed since 1776 is due to the fog that covers the city and its bay towards the sea. After all, the Spaniards sailed along the Pacific coast just over two centuries earlier. But that fog bank always obscured the entrance to what is now San Francisco Bay like a curtain.

It took 200 years for the first Spanish ship to discover the passage through the Golden Gate. That was 1775. On June 29, 1776, the Spanish  Franciscan missionary Father Serra founded the mission “San Francisco de Asis”.

How San Francisco became an American City

Although the city seemed optimally protected by its location and by the military posts that were immediately erected, the Spaniards lost San Francisco to the Mexicans in 1821. Then the Americans gained an interest in the location. Because the Mexicans did not want to give it up voluntarily, they chose a tried-and-tested remedy and went on the attack. In 1846, the flag of the United States was raised for the first time on the grounds of San Francisco.

The Sinful City

Surely San Francisco would never have grown much bigger had it not been for gold found nearby two years later. Within a few years, more than a  quarter of a million people from the US, Europe, and Asia moved to the coast. In the wake of the gold rush, gaming halls and salons opened en masse, and San Francisco was nicknamed Sin City – the sinful city, a nickname used for Las Vegas today.

But the times of intoxication also passed and San Francisco became a cultivated city: Nobel hotels, famous theaters, opera houses, and parks were created and the City attracted many artists.

The 18th of April 1906 gave rise to a completely different construction of the city: A violent earthquake and subsequent days of fires reduced 80% of the city to rubble. Within 5 years, a new San Francisco was created. During the reconstruction, care was taken not to repeat known mistakes, creating a cosmopolitan, international atmosphere with an Occidental flair that is not found anywhere else in the United States.

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