San Francisco is one of the American cities which history starts back during the Hispanic colonisations. Even its name traces back to that period, too.
San Francisco is considered one of the most important cultural cities in the United States, more because of the tolerance and open-minded approach of its citizens than for the physical availability of important museums or cultural sites.
San Francisco’s Roots: A Little Bit of City History
Initially, the city was a religious mission, founded in 1776 by the Spanish under the extended name of La Misión de Nuestro Padre San Francisco de Asís
After the Spanish period, San Francisco became part of Mexico and, under the new name of Yerba Nueva, in 1835 it started a progressive urbanization development around the oldest part of the city.
In 1848, after the war between US and Mexico ended with an American victory, the city changed its name back again to San Francisco.
Its population grew incredibly, mainly because of the presence of silver mines. By the end of 19thcentury San Francisco was an important trade center. Victorian palaces grew around the city and the first cable cars started working.