Look Up, San Diego! A Walking Tour of Old Town
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 by Cruden Bay Books
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Old Town San Diego lays claim as the birthplace of California by merit of Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra’s mission established in 1769. It was the first of 21 permanent Spanish missions and by the 1790s it was the largest. The area’s defensive position was established on Presidio Hill and the town grew up around its base.
Under Mexican rule after 1821, the tiny community gained the status of El Pueblo de San Diego. When Richard Henry Dana published his account of his life at sea in Two Years Before the Mast he described his stop at the port of San Diego in 1835 thusly: “about forty dark brown looking huts...and three or four larger ones, white-washed.”