Califonia's Journey to Statehood

  • Period: Jan 1, 1542 to

    California's Journey to Statehood

    This Timeline meets the 4th grade California State Standards in History
  • Sep 1, 1542

    The First Californians meet the Europeans

    The First Californians meet the Europeans
    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to make contatct with the native people of California when he landed in San Diego . The first Californians arrived around 12000 years ago. They traveled via the Bering Strait during the ice age. They became hunters and gathers and formed what we know as the Native American tribes of California.
  • Spanish Colonization

    Spanish Colonization
    During the 1600s the Spanish began to Colonize California.
  • Mission San Diego

    Mission San Diego
    The Mission San Diego was established. This was the first of many missions that would be built throughout California.
  • The Bear Flag Republic

    The Bear Flag Republic
    This Republic began when Americans seized the California Capital of Sonoma creating Hostility between the Spanish and the Americans.
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    The Mexican- American War

    The Mexican War was fought between the Mexican Govrnment and America for land across what is today the Mexico Border. It ended with a treaty that signed over land to America in exchange for money.
  • GOLD!

    James Wilson Marshall discovered gold while working at Sutters Mill in a river northeast of present day Sacramento.
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    News spread quickly that there was gold in California. Men from across the nation quit their jobs and moved to California for a chance to strike it rich with gold. Unfortunitally very few men actually did.

    After years of disagreements over the territory in 1850 California became the 31st state in the United States.