The City’s Growth

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI:
The City’s Growth

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Yerba Buena was in 1835 an insignificant outpost long frequented by roving seafarers, Russians, and a few nondescript traders. However, for four redwood posts covered with a ship's foresail which William Antonio Richardson erected on “La Calle” in 1835, San Francisco's original site was little more than a waste of sand and chaparral sloping down to a beach and a small lagoon. Democratic self-government, of the bureaucratic sort decreed by the Republic of Mexico, came to Yerba Buena before the town itself arrived. Citizens of the partido (civil district) of San Francisco, on Governor Jose Figueroa's orders were asked to choose electors for the ayuntamiento (district council). On the following Sunday, Don Francisco de Haro was elected to the ayuntamiento as alcalde for the projected pueblo of Yerba Buena.

Keywords: Yerba Buena; William Antonio Richardson; La Calle; San Francisco; Mexico; Jose Figueroa; Francisco de Haro

Chapter.  7016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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