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San Diego, California
San Diego, California
California Coast, Mexican, and Repositioning Home Port
A modern urban center greets cruise visitors to “America’s Finest City,” though this is also California’s oldest Spanish settlement. Beyond the urban downtown and coastal areas, much of the region’s wooded canyons, dramatic coastline, and rugged mountains survive as parkland, reducing the impression of urban sprawl. La Jolla, to the northwest, is a quiet, prosperous university town embracing a beautiful, rugged coastline, though from downtown south through neighboring Tijuana, Mexico, the area is densely urban. Over 5 million call the region home, when Tijuana is included. San Diego ranks very high on quality-of-life and most-prosperous lists, hosts the largest concentration of naval forces in the world, and boasts a thriving high-tech sector.
The Kumeyaay people greeted Juan Cabrillo in 1542 when he claimed the excellent harbor for Spain. 225 years passed before Spaniards returned to found the Mission of San Diego, the oldest European settlement in what would become the State of California. The old Spanish town was somewhat inland—settlers from the U.S. created a new downtown in the 1860s to exploit the harbor. The city prospered, hosting world expos in 1915 and 1935 that left behind Balboa Park and the zoo. The harbor became a key base for the U.S. Navy, which it remains to this day, and the city was an early home to the aircraft industry—Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis was built here.
Top Photo Slice: Downtown San Diego (℗ 31778) Photo contributed by © DopeyGirl
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