Which country claimed the area which is now California ?
- WhoLv 72 months ago
how far back do you wanna go?
cos you dont have to go back far before ANY "country" existed, just big lumps of land that people lived on
(I like the old observation
"arguing about who owns a bit olf land is like 2 fleas arguing about about who owns the dog they live on"
the earth and land existed millions of years before humans did and will STILL exist millions of years after humans have become extinct
- lenpol7Lv 72 months ago
Currently it is claimed by the USA as a state of the Union.
Prior to 1848 it was part of Mexico, as were Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and the western parts of Colorado and New Mexico.
In 1848 was the Mexican Cession, when these lands were ceded(released) by Mexico.
California was admitted to the Union in 1850, Nevada; 1864, Utah; 1896, Colorado ;1876, Arizona and New Mexico ; 1912.
Mexico was originally a Spanish colony. that is why Spanish is the official language in Mexico , today. However, because the above states where part of Mexico, the Spanish language is reflected in place names today e.g. Los Angeles, (The Angels), San Francisco (Saint Francis), Las Vegas, Tucson etc.,
- Anonymous2 months ago
I believe you mean which countries.
It is currently claimed by the USA.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 months ago
Spain first, then Mexico, then the USA.
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- CarolOklaLv 72 months ago
Spain, Mexico and Russia. Russia had the north California Coast. China?had settlements?in California before Spain.
- ?Lv 72 months ago
Mexico/Spain had possession of what is now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California before the United States. There are Spanish Missions all the way up to San Francisco.
The most expansive European colonizations efforts were made by the Spanish. On September 28, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew entered San Diego Bay--the first Europeans to visit California.
- oldprofLv 72 months ago
Mexico. In fact Mexico, the nation, extended well into California. Monterey CA was the Mexican provincial capital until California seceded from Mexico. Check this out:
The California Republic (Spanish: La República de California), or Bear Flag Republic, was an unrecognized breakaway state from Mexico, that for 25 days in 1846 militarily controlled an area north of San Francisco, in and around what is now Sonoma County in California.
California Republic - Wikipedia
- Anonymous2 months ago
Technically, Spain claimed ALL of the Americas (those portions of which did not already have "a Christian king") upon the formalization of the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. That would have included California.
Spain followed up on that claim about 50 years later by visiting and planting the flag up the west coast of North America as far north as the Columbia River in 1542 - but they didn't actually establish any settlements in the region until 1769. (That's in contrast to their settlement of Santa Fe, New Mexico much earlier, in 1610.) After Mexico won independence from Spain (1821), Mexico claimed roughly the same area as Spain had, including California, although its claims in what would become Oregon were contested by Russia, by that time.
After Mexico's defeat in the Mexican-American War, Mexico agreed to cede California to the USA, along with pretty much all of what makes up the southwestern United States today, (extending as far north as parts of Wyoming.)