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28/09/1542 California is discovered

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History of California | The Animated Californian History In a Nutshell

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Initial Conquest | California History [ep.1]

The first European to explore the California coast was Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, working for Spain. He died in southern California in 1543. Cabrillo and his men found that there was essentially nothing for the Spanish to easily exploit in California.
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