250th Anniversary of Portola’s discovery of San Francisco Bay

Since the 1520s, Spain had interest in exploring Alta California. Finally, in 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portola with 60 men accidentally discovered San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge, close to Burlingame. Why is this 500-year-old story important to California and American History? Come hear Mitch Postel, President of the San Mateo County Historical Association discuss this discovery as historians commemorate the event that took place almost exactly 250 years ago.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 7pm Lane Room of the Burlingame Public Library

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2 Responses to 250th Anniversary of Portola’s discovery of San Francisco Bay

  1. Patricia Kremer, Board Member of Pacifica Historical Society says:

    Two events are happening in Pacifica this weekend that may be of interest to your membership.

    1) Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Day Sat. Nov. 2nd 10 AM – 3 PM Pacifica Community Center Crespi Drive at Hwy #1

    2) Nick Neely presentation to Pacifica Historical Society Sun. Nov. 3rd, 1 PM at Pacifica Coastside Museum 1850 Francisco Blvd. Pacifica
    His new book, Alta California, chronicles the author’s 650 mile trek from San Diego to Sweeney Ridge along the route of the Portolá Expedition.

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