Santa Cruz is a spectacular place.
Not only does the city have gorgeous redwood forests and world-class beaches, but it has an arts and culture scene unlike any other mid-sized city in America.
But what made Santa Cruz the city it is today?
Here’s a brief history of Santa Cruz so you can see how the city got its start:
The First Settlers
Although anthropologists have found evidence that people lived in the Santa Cruz area over 12,000 years ago, the city’s history began in 1769 when the first settlers made it to the shores of the city.
The first settlers were Spanish explorers on the Portola Expedition. They were the first non-native people to explore the coast of the Santa Cruz region.
Explorer Don Gaspar de Portola set foot on…