Perfectly situated on the west coast of the Unites States, it has been said that California is the home of the American Dream. California is the most populous state in the U.S. and the third largest by land area. The size and scope of California’s economy is equally astounding, were California to be an independent country, it would rank among the top ten largest economies in the entire world as judged by GDP. California’s economy is as diverse as it is productive, with significant agricultural, manufacturing, technology, entertainment, tourism, recreation, finance, and real estate sectors.
California’s geography is as vast and diverse as the economy. With ancient towering redwood forests in the north, charming beach towns on the west coast like La Jolla, Santa Cruz, and Half Moon Bay, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and southeastern deserts, California ranches for sale are some of the most idyllic in the country. California is also home to several major cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.
California’s has a long and interesting history with a variety of indigenous people calling the state home for thousands of years. European exploration of California occurred as early as 1542. The first permanent European settlements were established by Spanish missionaries along the coast, in places like San Diego in the late 1700s and early 1800s. With the Mexican of Independence from Spain in 1821, California became a province of Mexico. In 1846, the California Republic declared independence from Mexico. Shortly thereafter, California was occupied by U.S. armed forces as a result of the Mexican-American War. Following the discovery of gold in 1849, further European and American immigration to California exploded and California was admitted to the Union as a free state on September 9, 1850.
Ever since, California has been a beacon of promise and hope to people, not only across the U.S., but the world over. First they came west by train, then by road and later highway to seek their own piece of the California Dream. Attracted by a productive economy, vibrant culture, plentiful recreational opportunities such as hunting, and a good climate, generations of people have flocked to California.