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San Francisco, California
When early Spanish explorers first came upon this land in California, they thought it would give them a strategic advantage due to its natural harbor. By 1774, Juan Bautista de Anza arrived and chose sites for military and religious settlements, naming them after St. Francis of Assisi. The Mission San Francisco de Asís converted over 10,000 Ohlone who lived in the area.

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