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What are the four main regions in California?
- Central Valley
About how far each year does the Pacific plate move along the San Andreas Fault?
The Pacific plate moves one inch along the San Andreas fault.
The northern border of California is closest to
which degree of latitude?
The northern California border is closet to 42˚ north latitude.
California has been inhabited for about how many years?
About 13,000 to 15,000 years but there is no written language to confirm that.
Which Spanish explorer is credited as the first European to land in California?
Juan Cabrillo is the first Spanish explorer credited to land in California.
Which port did Spanish galleons sail from as they traveled down the California coast on their way to Acapulco?
Manila located in the Philipines
Who is credited with establishing the first Christian mission in California?
Father Serra 187
Overall, what was the main impact of the mission system on Native Americans?
75% of the Native American population died. They became dependent and were treated horribly.
California came under the control of which country after Mexico gained its independence from Spain?
Mexico of course
What was the status of American Indians during the rancho period?
They became indentured servants. They were still treated as outcast and did not get the land they were promised.
What is the most notable cause of the survival of half the members of the Donner party?
Cannibalism is what they resorted to.
About how long did the Bear Flag Republic exist in California
Less than a month
Who were the Californios?
Spanish-speaking people who came from Spain or Mexico to settle in California before the Mexican-American war.
What was the outcome of the Caputulation of Cahuenga?
It effectively made California a part of the United States.
What was the fastest way from the eastern part of the United Stated to California during the gold rush?
On ships, with overland transfer through the Isthmus of Panama.
What was the California government’s official position toward Native Americans during the gold rush?
What was the original California Constitution’s position on women?
That they could own land aside from their husbands, but they could not vote
What event of 1861 speeded communication between California and the rest of the United States?
The telegraph began operation on October 21, 1861.
What was the main responsibility of federal troops from California during the Civil War?
To control Native Americans
Who is credited with planning the transcontinental railroad?
What was the main reason the railroad could continue after the death of the founder?
Inflated mileage payments from the government
What were the relations between business and California government like at the turn of the twentieth century?
Businesses controlled the government; bribes and favoritism were common.
How does the 1906 San Francisco earthquake compare with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake?
The SF quake was about 15 to 20 times stronger.
Which book chronicles the lives of dust bowl immigrants to California?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Which group of Japanese Americans did the United States government consider a particular threat?
The Kibei, Japanese Americans who were born in the U.S. and had returned to Japan for their education.
Approximately what percent of the Californian population is Caucasian?
Less than 50% (about 47%)
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