The Founding of San Francisco

On c28, 1776, Hispanic-American explorer Juan Bautista de Anza selected the site for the Presidio in San Francisco, California.   The Presidio, or fortress, was built later in September of that year, and served as an important location for the Spanish colonization of California.   Anza and his expeditionary forces traveled from Mexico to San Francisco from 1774 to 1776.  Today the Presidio is maintained in a national park in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.