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Exploration parties had been sent to California from England and from Spain to look and learn about the land When the Spanish originally sent their exploration group to California coast they did not see many apparent resources of the land However there were many more exploration parties sent by the Spanish to continue to learn and explore California The Spanish do claim California specifically the Spanish deriving from Mexico however California is acquired by the United States after the Mexican- American war in which Mexico was defeated Mexico then signed The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo also known as The Treaty of Peace Friendship Limits and Settlement Hernan Cortes was a interested expeditionary who heard of great treasures in California He made a few attempts to go and explore and when finally successful did not find the easily accessible treasure filled land he had heard about However Hernan Cortes did impact the discovery of California by naming the area still known today as Santa Cruz The unproductive land was barren the Indians were hostile and the pearls were not easily obtained by his men who were starving to death By 1536 the remaining members of the expedition had returned to the mainland and Santa Cruz as Cortes named the island was left for later adventurers to explore pg2 Another explorer who is responsible for some the names of areas in California still existing today is Vizcaino Vizcaino explored California differently than those who did it before him He was one of very few who actually saw potential in the land He wrote about the land in his diary this is one of the passages taken from it The land is fertile with a climate and soil like those of Castile there is much wild game such as harts like young bulls deer buffalo very large bears rabbits hares and many other animals and many game birds such as geese partridges quaiL and many others which
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