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San Francisco: All You Need Or Want to Know

San Francisco FDP Credit Damian BrandonSan Francisco had its beginnings in 1776 when Spanish colonists established a fort at the site of the Golden Gate bridge, along with a mission named after Francis of Assisi. In 1849, the Gold Rush boosted the area’s population from about 1,000 up to 25,000, beginning the growth that made it the largest city on the West Coast at that time.

The earthquake of 1906 and resulting fire destroyed the city, but it was rebuilt so quickly that the Panama-Pacific International Exposition was held in San Francisco in 1915. San Francisco’s port saw the shipping out of soldiers, sailors and airmen to the Pacific Theater of WWII; after Japan surrendered, San Francisco welcomed the servicemen back as they returned to the United States.

Today, San Francisco is known for its liberal political attitude, the Summer of Love and for its acceptance of the gay rights movement. Noted landmarks include Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about San Francisco from our Bright Hub guides.

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