California’s location and geography made it a natural landing spot for explorers, so peoples from every part of the earth played a role in its discovery and development. From the indigenous tribes to Russians and Europeans who arrived by land and sea throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries; California has always been a wealth of diverse cultural and economic innovation, and it is now our most populous state.
California’s economy is the largest of any state in the United States. In fact, only five nations in the world boast larger economies than that of California. Computers, electronic products, agriculture, and energy-related goods and services are the state’s premier exports. “The Golden State” is also a hotbed for tourists, who can experience nearly any climate type they like. From the rainy forests in the northwest to the dessert in the southeast, and from the snow-topped Sierra Nevada mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean to the west — a day tripper could land in the central valleys and have an experience of their own choosing.
California’s statehood is a byproduct of a series of modern international conflicts. Spain was the first nation to wrest California away from the indigenous population, but ultimately surrendered the land to Mexico in 1821. By 1846, the Bear Flag Revolt had given rise to the California Republic, and on September 9, 1850, California was admitted to the Union as the 31st state. “Eureka!”