California

History


US Nursing: California

3Nurses will read that in 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo from Spain was the first white explorer to sight this long an and fascinating shoreline. Settlement however did not come until much later. The first Spanish mission was established until 1769 in San Diego. but California didn’t become a U.S. territory until 1847, as part of the treaty ending the Mexican-American War. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest state behind Alaska and Texas. With millions of acres of farmland, California leads the U.S. in agricultural production By 1964, California had surpassed New York to become the most populous state. One reason for this may be that more immigrants settle in California than any other state-more than one-third of the nation’s total in 1994. Asians and Pacific Islanders led the influx.
The first Spanish missionaries arrived in California in the 1700s, but California didn’t become a U.S. territory until 1847, as part of the treaty ending the Mexican-American War. Shortly thereafter, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 inspired a wave of settlers to head to the west coast in search of fortune. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest state behind Alaska and Texas. With millions of acres of farmland, California leads the U.S. in agricultural production.
California has the largest economy in the United States and, in 1997, was the first state to reach the trillion-dollar benchmark in gross state product. In 2012, California was ranked the ninth largest economy in the world
Leading industries include agriculture, manufacturing (transportation equipment, machinery, and electronic equipment), biotechnology, aerospace-defense, and tourism. Principal natural resources include timber, petroleum, cement, and natural gas.


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